TDIC to extend region’s first comprehensive exhibition of Islamic embroidery

Published August 4th, 2010 - 06:49 GMT

Guests attending a concert on Thursday which was expected to be the finale of the A Story of Islamic Embroidery in Nomadic and Urban Traditions exhibition on view at Gallery One in Emirates Palace, received their 'Encore' with Tourism Development & Investment Company announcing it will extend the exhibition until September 25th 2010.

The Art of the Afghan Rubab concert, attended by people, including children from all over the country, applauded Afghan rubab virtuoso Homayun Sakhi and percussionists Salar Nader and Abbos Kosimov. Abbos Kosimov's intense solo on the doyra, a Central Asian frame drum entertained crowds with a performance devoted to the traditional Kabuli style of Indian raga of which Homayun Sakhi is arguably the greatest living exponent.

Popular, colorful and engaging, the exhibition was expected to conclude on Thursday after the concert, having attracted more than 32,000 visitors since it opened on 6 April 2010 in Gallery One at Emirates Palace, and its success has been supported by a robust programme of well attended performances, workshops and lectures.

A Story of Islamic Embroidery in Nomadic and Urban Traditions is presented under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The region's first comprehensive exhibition of Islamic embroidery, this ambitious show includes more than 200 rare and beautiful textiles from the 17th to the 20th century, made by Muslim women along the vast geographic area known as the ancient Silk Road. 

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