The installation simulates the artisanship of Al Sadu – a traditional weaving technique performed by women using a simple and portable loom before which they gather to socialise, work together, and alternate roles to support each other.
Al Sadu has gained a cultural and social importance that has extended beyond the world of textile weaving to inspire the activities of many different fields. Considered a female-driven art movement, the practice of Al Sadu is part of a material culture and vernacular architecture with the core intention of providing shelter.
‘Woven’ is a representation of Saudi Arabia’s welcoming nature, inviting the visitor to invest in building a better future for humanity. By collaboratively designing the textile on display throughout the Biennale, visitors contribute to ‘weaving the future’. Each thread represents a different avenue of development and possibility. See how the organic pattern builds and progresses throughout the exhibition.
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Saudi Ministry of Culture, Architecture and Design Commission