Lecture one; The Language of Bedouin, Al Sadu Weaving.

Well, this was my first lecture. It wasnt amazing, but I still found quite interesting nevertheless. I do have a passion for weaving, obviously not as skilled as these women, but an inspiration to me. My new textile course director (i think?!) has been studying over there and interviewing the women as they dont have much time left and need to collect as much information as possile before they pass (sad times.) She wanted us to have a look at her blog and say what we think about the weaving. http://alsaduweaving.wordpress.com/ (a good read if you’re interested!)

Here’s what i thought;  Al sadu is an  weaving but formed to look like embroidary. The people but make these are named Bedouin people. The weaves are formed by geometrical shapes and kind of tells a story of what they have seen, its a beautiful art form.After researching it further I now know it was developed by the nomadic Bedouins over centuries and centuries. Sadly with modernization on our tails, its fcaing extinction, its just not wanted and popular enough. (Even though Id love to have it in my house on show!) To try and revive and protect this traditional technique the Al- Sadu society began in 1979? (I think!) They are trying to revive it and keep the ethnic technique intact.

I was really interested in the types of patterns they had on the weaves, so I researched them a bit more!
(All images were taken from http://alsaduweaving.wordpress.com/ (great blog!)

This is an earring motif. After talking about it in the lecture ive gathered that it was supposed to mean that the women are covered all over and can only show their faces. So trying to show their individuality and femininity they wore jewellry!

I’m not 100% sure what this is supposed to be, I think it’s supposed to be a tent like structure of what they used to sleep in, dividing the  two spaes between men and women? Or is it another jewellry motif with dangly parts off them? Well whatever it is I think it looks well designed and thought out.

This is another decoration. It is supposed to show the water pools that they used to get in the desert. It didnt rain very much at all, but when it did it POURED. So they savoured what they collected. I think this images is supposed to reflect of what they saw it as. Obviously water refelcts so they have mirrored the two sides.

This is rhe bedouin women. There’s scorpians around them so I’m guessing she was getting attacked or collecting them or something (That sounds stupid but i couldnt find anything on google about it!)

Another embroidary showing a few figurative figures. a goat, a cow, snake thing in the sand and a camel? Sorry but i had to guess these! I really hope you found this interesting because it has an amazing history.

Okay enough of embroidary, lets get into something else. Yesterday in the lecture, keireine was talking about how they wanted to create a piece for the Defence Academy in London, so obviously it had to be very english related. This was going to be a challenge for the bedouin women because they had strictly only done their native things before.

This was the finished piece. I was quite impressed  because they captured the pieces quite greatly. They manipulated it into their own piece, so now it has this ethnic feel, amazingly done!

More on this later, thanks for reading!

Cerys xo



About cerysjames

A 19 year old Textile Design student studying in Cardiff! I decided to start up a blog as a diary for all things textile! Mostly inspiration and exhibitions I've been too. My favourite things are printing and having a big imagination!

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