WEAVERS in the Outer Hebrides and embroiderers in Pakistan have collaborated to tell the stories of their communities through illustrated narratives.
Pioneered by Adil Iqbal, an Edinburgh-based fashion designer, these narratives showcase inspiring textiles which explore cultural similarities between the two regions.
The collection of hand-loomed embroidered textiles will be on view at the Twilling Tweeds exhibition at The Creative Arts Gallery – www.creativeartsgallery.com.
For the first time, this collection of 14 contemporary hand-loomed embroidered textiles is available to browse and buy online through Scotland’s online art gallery.
The project connects the weavers of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland with the female embroiderers of Chitral, North West Frontier of Pakistan.
The series of contemporary hand-loomed embroidered textiles interprets Scottish and Chitrali stories through illustrated narratives. The artwork incorporates Pakistani narratives illustrated on Harris Tweed as well as Scottish narratives on Chitrali calico.
Adil said: “My aim when creating this collection was to connect textile workers in remote areas of Pakistan with those in the Outer Hebrides, creating a bridge between communities and promoting a cultural awareness between the two countries.
“The narratives aim to depict the determination of the people in the Outer Hebrides and Chitral Valley in Pakistan to preserve some ancient traditions that might otherwise slowly disappear. This exchange mingles their traditions in a unique and unexpected way.”
Adil said: “During my time in Pakistan, I discovered a wealth of skills and traditions which are under threat of being lost forever, so I set out to document the complicated stitches, techniques and designs which are specific to the region, creating a photographic record of the work.
“This allowed me to create a collection that explores cross-cultural collaboration, while promoting the sharing of knowledge and skills.”
Born and raised in Scotland, Adil studied clothing design and manufacture at Heriot-Watt University. His 2006 graduate collection was inspired by childhood memories of watching his Pakistani mother and grandmother sewing.
He added: “My Pakistani heritage has been the major source of inspiration and growth as a designer. The country and its rich textiles have fascinated me since I was a child.”
Project funded by Dewar Arts Award and The Harris Tweed Authority.
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