Introduction to Ottoman Textiles with Concepts of Luxecycling

Background Information

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The traditional textiles resonate humility and beauty. The substance of art is beauty and this is a Divine quality. The traditional crafts are derived from the intertwining of wisdom (hikmah) and craftsmanship (fann or sinaah). Luxecycling, the latest way to revamp, is about producing polished, exquisitely made pieces and reworking the vintage.

This course is an introduction to the techniques, symbolism and application of these traditional textiles. Students will be given a basic understanding of textile design created by Geometry and 'Islimi' (also known as the Arabesque), textural qualities and harmony of colours. These techniques will be applied with the concepts of luxecycling to produce a textile piece which combines the old with the new, the traditional with the contemporary.

Students interested further can take up the complete 4-week course for a more in-depth study on the subject.

Expected Outcomes

  • Design sketches and colour schemes inspired by traditional textiles

  • An understanding of luxecycling and the reworking of the vintage as well as fusion of the traditional in a contemporary style

  • Summary of the design process with stages and concepts

Booking Details

Date Saturday - October 15, 2011
Time 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location 16-24 Underwood Street
N1 7JQ
Fee £70 (materials included)
Instructor Nausheen Sheikh
How to book Call Vesica on 020 8133 8050 or email
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