Visitors enjoying Bahrain pavilion at Dubai Expo

VISITORS are enjoying the second exhibition at Bahrain pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai which explores the history and modernity of textiles and handicrafts.

The ‘Weaving Innovation’ themed exhibition, which ends on January 9, features physical and interactive displays providing visitors with a first-hand look at different technologies used to manufacture woven composite materials such as carbon fibre.

For example, one of the exhibits features McLaren’s new vehicle called Artura which utilises lightweight carbon fibre engineering and electric car technology.

Other displays highlighting the kingdom’s rich heritage and culture is the Kurar exhibit.

Kurar embroidery produces beautiful ribbons of gold zari, silver zari and briesam which are made by hand and used to decorate clothing. The width of the final product depends on the number of women involved in the process. While the popular kurar zari makes an appearance in many different styles of the thobe, the briesam version is reserved exclusively for men’s clothing.

Zari (or jari) is an even thread traditionally made of fine gold or silver used in traditional Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani garments, especially as brocade in saris, etc.

This thread is woven into fabrics, primarily of silk, to make intricate patterns and elaborate designs of embroidery called zardozi.

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities collaborated with the Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research and Al Zain Jewellery to reinterpret traditional Kurar weaves into 21-carat gold jewellery and ornaments for show at the expo.

It was achieved using advanced 3D printing technologies in the kingdom.

The pavilion’s Narrative of History exhibition will start on January 10 to February 16 and the last themed exhibition, called Sustainable Cities, will run from February 17 to March 31.




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