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Kufic named after the city of Kufa in southern Iraq. Kufic and its variants were used almost exclusively among early scripts for writing the Qur’an. This angular script used widely for writing religious and formal texts on different surfaces such as: paper, wood, stone, ceramic and textiles. Arabic calligraphy through the use of ornamental Kufic, became one of the most important design themes in Islamic Art, a great tradition which survives to this day.
The course will introduce students to Arabic Fatimid Kufic Script with a historical development of the style on both manuscripts and buildings. Students at the beginning of the course will learn the basic methods that important/essential for writing Kufic letters. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Kufic of his own design.
This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, which aims to develop Asian arts courses at The School.