Anamil (Fingertips) is a suspended pendant light that celebrates the regional craft of ‘Safeefah’ (palm frond weaving). The unorthodox design is produced in collaboration with Emirati craftswomen. The timeless metal frame is wrapped with 12 metres of handwoven Safeefah. The metal morphing with Khoos (palm fronds) acts as a timeline, conveying the past, present and future in a single work. The light aims to preserve and evolve the practice of the craft and its community of practitioners. It is designed to share the story of local, female Safeefah weavers with future generations of craftswomen.

The design illustrates the weavers’ fingertips interlaced with the palm fronds. The overall form captures the harmony, repetition, and movement of the weaving process. The eight organic rods, representing infinite balance, revolve around the centre of the light. Held at each end, the rods also tell the story of ‘Yareed’ (thicker palm frond stems used to build structures for traditional houses). The height of the two-metre-long light can be adjusted to any interior context, from a ten-seater dining table to a commercial space or lobby entrance. ‘Anamil’ is a timeless piece that embodies the history and empowers the craftswomen of the United Arab Emirates and the MENA region.

Craft developed by Fatima Ahmed Mahmoud & Fatmah Mohamed Sawy of BIDWA Social Development Programme, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council.

Artist Biography

Huda Al Aithan is a 3D designer and educator with creative work across various mediums. Currently, Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the American University in Dubai. Raised in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, she holds MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa in Three-Dimensional Design with a minor in Theatre Arts. Her work has been presented in Milan, Riyadh, Jeddah, New York and Chicago. Huda’s interest in creative work began with a passion for 3D modeling and technology, advancing into th...

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Huda Al Aithan
Anamil

In Stock:
Limited edition of 10.
Size:
204 (L) x 32 (W) X 48 (H) cm
Materials:
Palm fronds, aluminium, LED.

Delivery:

Dubai: 6 business days
Other Emirates: 8-10 business days
International (including GCC): 30 business days

Anamil (Fingertips) is a suspended pendant light that celebrates the regional craft of ‘Safeefah’ (palm frond weaving). The unorthodox design is produced in collaboration with Emirati craftswomen. The timeless metal frame is wrapped with 12 metres of handwoven Safeefah. The metal morphing with Khoos (palm fronds) acts as a timeline, conveying the past, present and future in a single work. The light aims to preserve and evolve the practice of the craft and its community of practitioners. It is designed to share the story of local, female Safeefah weavers with future generations of craftswomen.

The design illustrates the weavers’ fingertips interlaced with the palm fronds. The overall form captures the harmony, repetition, and movement of the weaving process. The eight organic rods, representing infinite balance, revolve around the centre of the light. Held at each end, the rods also tell the story of ‘Yareed’ (thicker palm frond stems used to build structures for traditional houses). The height of the two-metre-long light can be adjusted to any interior context, from a ten-seater dining table to a commercial space or lobby entrance. ‘Anamil’ is a timeless piece that embodies the history and empowers the craftswomen of the United Arab Emirates and the MENA region.

Craft developed by Fatima Ahmed Mahmoud & Fatmah Mohamed Sawy of BIDWA Social Development Programme, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council.

Artist Biography

Huda Al Aithan is a 3D designer and educator with creative work across various mediums. Currently, Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the American University in Dubai. Raised in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, she holds MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa in Three-Dimensional Design with a minor in Theatre Arts. Her work has been presented in Milan, Riyadh, Jeddah, New York and Chicago. Huda’s interest in creative work began with a passion for 3D modeling and technology, advancing into th...

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