The Aga Khan Centre presents an exhibition of the internationally renowned textile artist, Bita Ghezelayagh, giving a glimpse into her practice which is influenced by her Iranian cultural heritage. Bita Ghezelayagh transforms old woven textiles and eastern carpets into new pictorial objects and works of art. She uses traditional embroidery techniques along with found materials to transform disused textiles, giving them a renewed sense of life and an altogether, different purpose.
This exhibition includes a series of new works created recently that have not been shown before. Carpet squares rethreaded in part with coloured wool are adorned with simmering mirror borders to give a jewel like aesthetic. While her new Off Cut series reveal deconstructed forms that resemble templates for body armour that may have once been used. This exhibition connects us to Bita’s cultural history of textile traditions in Iran as well as her fascination and love for beautiful old materials and techniques.