art by sandra fadayel
HERITAGE SERIES II: TRIBAL TEARS AND BEDOUIN WEAVINGS
I started the initial studies for this collection back in January of 2016, after coming back from a visit to Amman, where I had come across an exhibition of tribal Palestinian and pan-Arabian Bedouin jewellery¹ that had fascinated me.
(Images from ‘Ya Hafeth Ya Ameen’, the exhibition brochure at The Widad Kawar Collection at TIRAZ Centre)
I fell in love with the craftsmanship of the pieces and the stories they told. I’d also come across a gem of a book by Khalil Naouri², that became another source of inspiration for this collection.
The next few months were spent studying the elements that attracted me most, through a series of sketches. These were of coin vests, adornments, and Bedouin weavings. As the body of work grew, it became a peaceful homage to the beauty of the Palestinian culture, which is too often associated only with struggle and conflict. The references to Bedouin Jordanian weavings allude to the interweaving of the Palestinian and Jordanian cultures.
In the heritage Arabian world, people wore jewellery for protection from evil, danger, and disease. Names of angels, words from prayers, or numbers referencing holy verses in the Bible and Quran were used to help protect the wearer. The colour blue appears often and also signified protection.
Featured Piece: Tribal Tear
This is one of my favourite pieces in this series. It was featured at an international exhibition that took place in Lake Como, Italy in June 2018.
The piece is an abstract composition of various studies of amulets that were popular in the world of traditional Arabic jewellery. Thought to give protection over evil, danger, and disease, they featured names of angels, as well as words and numbers from prayers in the Bible and Quran. The colour blue appears often and signified protection. I created this piece using mixed media (acrylics, India ink, and pastels) on archival paper.
The original painting is available for sale. It is also available as a limited edition fine art print.
¹At the Widad Kiwar House
²’Hands and Hearts, Weavings from Jordan’, by Khalil Naouri