• Kurar

    Sep 15, 2016

    Kurar embroidery consists of delicate gold and silver threads regionally known as zari as well as fine silk threads regionally known as breesam. This type of embroidery is usually performed by hand to adorn clothing. The work of kurar embroidery requires team effort and the width of the embroidery is a direct result of the number of women involved in the process. The group of ladies working on it usually have roles. The Qataba is the focal point of the process who guides the direction of embroidery and its attachment on garments. Her team members usually sit opposite from her whilst holding and weaving many threads at the same time. The process is tedious and requires patience and significant time to complete.This is an example of how Tamashee redefines historical components of traditional attire whilst maintaining their form or function in contemporary contexts. Here you see metal rings used to hold the khanjar or waist dagger of Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan in place. These rings can be seen in Tamashee footwear which replace the traditional leather rings found in older Arabian Gulf footwear. Tamashee repurposes the past with context that surpasses the typical emerging trends.