​Women’s Plaster Collective, Jeddah

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For the first time, women artisans have joined together in Jeddah to launch breathtaking plaster artwork carefully hand-carved with the geometric patterns prevalent on the buildings of the old city. The workshop set up by Turquoise Mountain with the talented women artisans provides design and production support from the Turquoise Mountain team.

Revisiting this historical medium and reintroducing it as an innovative art-form that captures the spirit and craftsmanship of the Hijaz region, the women artisans have found great success in the short time since the project’s inception. In one year, the group, which includes women from different age-groups and backgrounds, has received several commission from luxury hotels in Saudi Arabia.

Traditional crafts are our identity, our national treasure and pride.
Sharifa Al Ghamdi, Plaster Artisan