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Experience the magic of Emirati crafts at the London Design Biennale

Abu Dhabi’s House of Artisans aims to shine a spotlight on precious crafts and the need to safeguard them. 

Get ready to be dazzled and transported into a world of creativity and innovation as Abu Dhabi’s House of Artisans showcases the magic of Emirati crafts at the 2023 London Design Biennale. This global event, taking place from 1 June to 25 June at London’s Somerset House, is a celebration of contemporary design and innovation – where the world’s best designers and creative minds come together to showcase their work

With this year’s theme being The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations, House of Artisans will represent Abu Dhabi and Emirati crafts. It’ll also highlight collaborations between crafts and architecture making the event a perfect platform to showcase the traditional Emirati process of Sadu, a weaving technique passed down through generations of Bedouin women. And did you know that Sadu is so significant that it has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding’? This means that the world recognises the urgent need to preserve this ancient craft for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

London Design Biennale

Under the immersive installation, Formation of Soof, House of Artisans will pay tribute to the core materials and tools of the Al-Sadu craft such as wool (soof) and the spindle (maghzal or ghazal). Visitors will be able to witness firsthand the intricate weaving process and see how the raw materials transform into the Sadu textile that is architecturally fundamental to building traditional tent structures.

The House of Artisans’ participation in the 2023 London Design Biennale is not just about showcasing the beauty and creativity of Emirati crafts; it’s about something much more profound and meaningful. It’s about raising awareness of the critical need to preserve these crafts for future generations.

London Design Biennale

The Emirati people have a rich cultural heritage, and their crafts are an integral part of that heritage. These crafts have been passed down through generations, and they represent a beautiful bond between culture, heritage, and creativity. Yet, as time passes, many of these crafts are at risk of being lost forever.

By participating in the London Design Biennale, the House of Artisans aims to shine a spotlight on these precious crafts and the urgent need to safeguard them.

London Design Biennale

With over 40 exhibitors from around the world, the 2023 London Design Biennale promises to be a thought-provoking event, showcasing world-leading design and confronting global challenges. This is your chance to experience the beauty and creativity of Emirati crafts and connect with international institutions, designers, artists, crafts, cultural entities and brands. Be part of a movement that changes the world for the better!

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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