A treasure trove of culture awaits you

In October, The Zay Initiative is set to launch a digital archive that will serve as a treasure trove of Arabic heritage, with pieces ranging from dresses to jewelry to ornaments. Dr Reem Tariq El Mutwalli, author and founder of The Zay Initiative, invested in a collection of over a 1,000 clothing articles that date back to several decades. The core of the collection focuses on the UAE’s rich cultural heritage, with over 300 pieces of clothing alone.

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الحايك والكسا و الملحفة والسفساري يسمى الحايك بهذا الأسم في الوسط الجزائر أي في العاصمة و نواحيها يدعى في الغرب الجزائري غالبا بالكساء أو الكسا دون همزة متطرفة لكون الجزائريين يحذفون الهمزة المتطرفة في كلامهم جريا على قاعدتهم في تخفيف الهمز، وهناك من يسميه الملحفة ويقال: فلانة تلحفت أي لبست الملحفة أو الحايك. ويمكن أن يرجع أصل التسمية إلى الجذر اللغوي (ح ا ك) ومنه الفعل حاك يحيك حياكة بمعنى نسج ومنه الحايك أي الثوب المحيك بمعنى المنسوج. العجار نقاب تضعه المرأة لتستر نصف وجهها الأسفل و يلبس مع الحايك فلا يظهر من وجهها إلا العينين وهو عبارة عن قطعة من القماش تتلثم المرأة به كان قديما يلف على الرأس فيغطيه ثم يدار ليستر بعضا من الوجه ، ثم تطور ليصبح قطعة من قماش يربط طرفيها العلويين بخيط عادي أو مطاطي ويحزم هذا الخيط أو يلف خلف الرأس ليثبت العجار على الوجه. و يكون العجار بنفس لون الحايك و في غالب الأحيان مطروز لإضهاره بشكل أجمل. جاء في قاموس المعاني عن العِجَارُ: ثوبٌ تَلُفُّهُ المرأَة على استدارة رأْسِها والجمع: عُجُرٌ . Haik, AL Kisa (Al Kisa’), Al Milhafah, Al Sifsari: All are denote to a traditional women's garment worn in the Maghreb region. It consists of a rectangular fabric covering the whole body,6 meters by 2.2 meters in length, rolled up then held at the waist by a belt and then brought back to the shoulders to be fixed by Fitulae. It can be white or black. Made from wool, silk or synthetic silk fabric, the haik succeeded, in a very short time, to spread throughout all regions of the country, but its use was adapted to the socio-cultural specificities of the region. Al ‘Ajar: Is a Nirqab worn to cover the lower half of the face, worn together with the Haik. . . #algeria #algerianwoman #algerianwomen #algeriandress #algeriantraditionaldress #arab #arabdress #arabwomen #arabfashion #modestfashion #modestclothing #expo2020 #expo2020dubai

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The archive will also feature traditional clothing from Yemen, Bahrain Syria, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Sudan and Lebanon, as it has evolved over the years. The pieces range from those adorn by royals and rural residents, a spectacular and educational contrast. The digital archive aims at promoting a better understanding of Arab heritage. Truly, this is a huge milestone in the preservation of Arab cultural production.

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Thank you for sharing this post @tatreezandtea ・・・ I’m having a complete love affair with Suzy who continues to inspire me as she starts to become recognized for her incredible work in creating her new line FREEDOM FIGHTER. Here she is pictured on a rooftop in Brooklyn in a full thobe that her Aunt made for her by hand in this vibrant magenta variegated thread. I’m getting all the feels. Up close the thobe features small goat-like animals on the chest, bordered flower-pot panels with more flowers, and grape leaves up and down the sleeves. It’s so bubbly and beautiful just like Suzy. ✖️✖️✖️ Repost @suzytamimi ・・・ Thank you @cnnarabic for featuring an interview on Freedom Fighter and what inspires me.❤️🙏🏽 “We are all on this planet together and we are all connected. We should live in a way that embodies that belief. I am just one vessel that can express these ideas.” Link for full article: https://arabic.cnn.com/style/article/2019/04/02/palestinian-designer-robes-fashion Portrait of me by @yudi_ela Photos of my designs in article by @paulbarcena @diegoramosg @sentence.world Thobe (hand embroidered gown) by my Aunt Rukaya #muslimwomen #arab #arabwomen #palastine #palestiniandresses #dubai #expo2020dubai #expo2020 #nyc #modestfashion #hijab

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