by Mehak Shoaib
  • 1 minute read
  • September 18, 2019
Look Inside The Region’s First Digital Archive Of Arab Heritage

In October, The Zay Initiative is set to launch a digital archive that will serve as a treasure trove of Arabic heritage, with pieces ranging from dresses to jewelry to ornaments. Dr Reem Tariq El Mutwalli, author and founder of The Zay Initiative, invested in a collection of over a 1,000 clothing articles that date back to several decades. The core of the collection focuses on the UAE’s rich cultural heritage, with over 300 pieces of clothing alone.

The archive will also feature traditional clothing from Yemen, Bahrain Syria, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Sudan and Lebanon, as it has evolved over the years. The pieces range from those adorn by royals and rural residents, a spectacular and educational contrast. The digital archive aims at promoting a better understanding of Arab heritage. Truly, this is a huge milestone in the preservation of Arab cultural production. 

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