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Palestinian refugee women working at 81 Designs workshop inside refugee camp Ain El-Hilweh in South Lebanon

UAE social enterprise 81 Designs and design studio Naqsh Collective will host a virtual talk on Nov 19 at 2 pm to discuss a detailed overview of their collaboration.

‘A Thobe Story’

Part of the 2020 edition of Abu Dhabi Art, the talk coincides with their exhibit presenting an exclusive line of modernized thobes.  The collection titled A Thobe Story’ features 10 unique pieces of traditional garments inspired from centuries of culture and imagination and infused with local craftsmanship – underlining the agility of a traditional art form in documenting stories.

Collection from different parts of the world

During the webinar, co-founders of 81 Designs Nesrine El-Tibi Maalouf and Nadine Y. Maalouf will give an overview of their mission, their work with refugee women artisans living in Camp Ain El-Hilweh, and how the collaboration came about; while the Jordanian sisters behind Naqsh Collective Nisreen and Nermeen Abudail will share the design concept of the collection and their experience in creating a full collection from different parts of the world at a challenging time during the pandemic.

‘A Thobe Story’ can be viewed at Manarat Al Saadiyat on 19 – 26 November at 10 am – 8 pm. 

To see the collection virtually, please register at Abu Dhabi Art through this link.

Abu Dhabi Art runs until 26 November 2020.  For more information about 81 Designs and its projects, please contact @81DesignsMEon Facebook / Instagram / its official website