Asir Women’s Collective, Abha

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The women of Asir have traditionally decorated the walls of their homes with bright motifs and abstract designs, transforming their houses and personal spaces into living art installations that embrace family, community and every-day life.

The Turquoise Mountain team has created and partnered with a women’s collective in Abha to create modern contexts for these paintings using trays and other canvases, as well as standalone art pieces. Utilizing traditional pigments and gum Arabic, the women artists of Asir have applied their talent in new ways while staying true to the techniques and aesthetics of their ancestors.

Handcrafts are creative products, our livelihoods, and human dignity.
Fatima Al Fayaa, Asir Painting Artisan