BAYT بيت (Arabic for home) is part of an intercultural and interfaith project that will be on a tour around the UK for the next three years; it is a marriage between East and West, where the Abrahamic faiths entwine in harmony.
The collection has been curated since 2003 by Hertfordshire resident and anthropologist Suhad Jarrar-Browne, who works relentlessly to showcase her unique collection that is comprised of traditional hand-embroidered antique dresses mainly from Palestine, plus other parts of the MENA region, tribal jewellery, Bedouin rugs, and various artefacts that represent different aspects of Middle Eastern life.
Suhad, who is of Palestinian descent, has travelled extensively across the MENA region and other parts of the world, where she’s lived with Bedouin Nomads and carried out academic research about their lives. She believes that sharing her collection with the public is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between the people of the Arab world and those of the UK for better understanding of the Arab Muslim people and their cultures.
Journey through the senses
Parts of the collection are hands-on and workshops are arranged for visitors by either booking in advance or by simply dropping in on 21, 23, and 25 January from 2pm until closing time. BAYT is truly a festival of exploration through the five senses, as visitors are welcome to try on Suhad’s ethnic costumes, sample Arabian delights and drinks, smell spices and scents, handle artefacts, learn how to make Bedouin cardamom coffee and to learn about the different styles of Arabic Calligraphy.
The Suprano Julia Katarina and her band Elia will perform middle eastern music on the launch night. Tickets are free but please reserve a seat as places are limited. All are welcome.
Exhibition Launch: Friday, 18th January 2019, 18:30 – 20:30
Exhibition Dates: 17th – 26th January 2019
January 17, 2019 - January 26, 2019 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm