Date palm exhibition opens on Sharjah's Flag Island

Fashcultivate explores the date palm as a symbol of the UAE

Date palm exhibition opens on Sharjah's Flag Island

An exhibition highlighting the date palm as a symbol of the UAE has opened in Sharjah.

Fashcultivate, which will run at the 1971 Design Space on Flag Island until February 8, 2020, features several Emirati and regional designers.

The group, which includes Khalid Mezaina, Asma Al Mazrouie, Maryam Omaira and Hessa Al Suwaidi, have created pieces referencing the date palm’s functions and structures.

Curated by Khulood Thani and Fatma Al Mahmoud, the exhibition has also seen the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council explore the use of sustainable materials fabricated out of the date palm.

Mahmoud said, “The celebration of the date palm was key for me and Khulood, as curators. We will always have a deep connection to the date palm due to how these trees have provided, and continue to provide, for our communities in this region including as a source of nutrition, shelter, and materials for everyday tools.

“The works in the exhibition, the design of the exhibition and the concept of the Palm Fabric Textile Research Development have all exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled to be able to share this exhibition with the public.”
Free. Nov 2-Feb 8, 2020. 1971 Design Space, Flag Island (06 528 4644).

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