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Al-Qatt Al-Asiri: an ancestral Saudi art coming to decorate your clothes

Many art forms remain unknown in the West and would benefit from being better recognized. If international institutions seek to democratize this still confidential knowledge, artists and creators seize it to highlight their originality and beauty on their own work.

Al-Qatt Al-Asiri

You may never have heard of this ancient art form from Saudi Arabia, yet it is part of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage. It is a colorful mural painting with geometric shapes made only by women. The result is often very impressive.

 

A real inspiration

Egyptian fashion designer Mariam Abdelghany was struck by the beauty of these patterns during a visit to Saudi Arabia and decided to draw inspiration from them for her new ready-to-wear collection. The 18 new pieces of her Mamzi brand feature bold colors and strong geometric shapes.

This is not a collection that appeared overnight: Mariam Abdelghany worked two years on it to do justice to the women who make this art so special. She also stated : “I believe that Al-Qatt Al-Asiri is extremely unique and will add so much to fashion. I always believed that fashion is a form of art. A very integral part of my job is to keep on looking for ways to create original and authentic pieces that would also be wearable and modern to match the age we’re living in.

To find her “modern and edgy” pieces, go to Mamzi’s website.