Tuesday, March 10, 2009
While in D.C. I wish there had been more time to visit exhibits but unfortunately I had only one hour to sightsee. That is another great thing about D.C. - one can visit museums and see exhibitions until your heart's content without spending a dime.
My girlfriend suggested that I visit an exhibition called Arabesque currently at Kennedy Center which features among other things, wedding dresses and jewelry and the thought of the two combined totally captured my imagination.
Today I will be sharing from The Brides of the Arab World. "Whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish [weddings] may go on for days or even weeks, echoing ancient customs." While the western white wedding gown is common in the Arab world, traditional wedding gowns tell stories, reflect textile arts or generally illustrate the richness of the culture and society.
One of my favorite textile art or embroidery is something called Tulle-bi-telli. It is a traditional embroidery with thin metal threads. This type of needle work originated in Egypt but is now crafted in other countries. When my husband and I married, he inherited a "telli" piece from his great-grandmother's trousseau. It is such a treasured piece that we actually had a furniture maker build a table around the tablecloth. (Believe it or not, in the town we used to live we still had a furniture craftsman).
or the writing in the book (the actually recording of the wedding).