Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams Exhibition

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Marian Bukhari

The exhibition Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams explores the culturally rich and diverse landscape of Central Asia by showcasing exceptional traditional embroidered textiles from the lands bordering the Indus, Afghanistan, Turcoman, Sogdiana and the Near East.

These hand-woven articles provide a record of the colours of natural dyes, stitches, patterns and motifs along the ancient trade routes, as well as the movement of woven cotton, wool and silk. In these regions, the people and their textiles travelled long distances to move and settle in new areas, for political and economic reason. These embroideries flourished in the tribal and semi-tribal societies and thus became a record of their history, social customs, folk tales and myths, particularly with the passing down of hereditary techniques and skills from generation to generation.

Guest Curator, Marian Bukhari, narrates the story of these communities; presenting the context for their art and a description of their identity.


The exhibition is accompanied by eight public lectures by internationally renowned speakers:

Tribal Landscapes in Palestinian, Jordanian & Syrian Women’s Embroidered Garments by HRH Princess Wijdan Al Hashemi

The Wandering Pastoralists of the Lower Indus Delta by John Gillow

Monks, Magi and Mosques: Religion Along the Silk Road by Bishop Michael Nazir Ali

The Golden Road to Samarkand: Silk Road Cities (Samarkand & Bukhara) by Diana Driscoll

Turquoise Tiles & Arabesque Curves by Dr Sussan Babaie

The Afghani, Kohistani and Swati Embroidered Tales by Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood

Timurid Influences on Art and Conceptual Designs Across Central Asia and India by Dr Saqib Baburi

The Phulkari Baghs of the Doab by Arjmand Aziz

The Bagri Foundation is thrilled to support this exhibition and accompanying lecture programme along with Shaikh Yousef Abdul Latif Jameel; HE the Mayor of Makkah Dr Osama Bin Fadl Al Bar; London Middle East Institute, SOAS; and Jack and Nancy Birt.



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