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Turkmen & Uzbek children's clothes

Until recently, traditional Central Asian clothing changed little or not at all. The ubiquitous outer robe (called chapan, khalat or don) was worn by by nomadic and settled people of all ages and both genders, and the most widely used fabrics were multi-colored handwoven stripes called bekasab or alacha. From the latter part of the 19th century onwards, inexpensive Russian cotton became very popular, while velvets and ikats were used by those who could afford them. Many were padded with cotton batting and lined with local handwoven cotton or brightly-patterned factory-produced fabric, much of it imported from Russian mills. The edges were commonly finished with decorative trimming that was intended to ward off evil spirits.

 

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The Artist’s Eye
Éireann and I

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In this instalment, Alice Rekab has invited Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. […]

Alice Rekab
Family Lines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Alice Rekab. In their work Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, their family history, experiences of growing up, […]

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