Amal Al-Ismaili: Interpreting the Traditional Jewellery of Bedouin in Oman through Contemporary Jewellery Practice

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Amal Al-Ismaili: Interpreting the Traditional Jewellery of Bedouin in Oman through Contemporary Jewellery Practice

Completion 2020, full-time study

Amal Al-Ismaili

The study explores the subjective value of traditional Omani jewellery: a rich, and disappearing, tradition of heavy silverwork. Oral interviews with Bedouin women who make and wear traditional jewellery generated new insights into wearing, making and storing practices.

Through careful and respectful engagement, a co-creation group developed a series of shared experiments using traditional techniques with novel substances, including leather and edible materials. The process resulted in the production of new forms of contemporary jewellery that draw on Omani cultural traditions and techniques.

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Supervised by

Maria Hanson

Maria Hanson

Reader in Metalwork and Jewellery

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Geff Green

Geff Green

Deputy Head of Department - Media Arts and Communication

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Coilin O'Dubhghaill

Cóilín O'Dubhghaill

Senior Research Fellow

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