With the festive season in full swing, many have started adorning their homes with vibrant decorations. In celebration of the festivities, furniture and interior store Crate & Barrel has partnered up with Emirati artists to design UAE-themed baubles to support the Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities.
The limited edition collection of baubles have been created by four local Emirati artists, with all the profits from the sales being donated to the Al Noor Training Centre, in Dubai.
Each design pays homage to the region’s culture, including the extraordinary Emirati textiles and traditional embroidery, and the intricate henna designs.
Fashion designer Budoor Abdulqader has also joined the initiative, creating bold and beautiful baubles reflecting traditional Emirati clothing, with some featuring designs symbolically featuring a face mask, in tribute to this past year. “Being Emirati and having a background in fashion design, I really wanted to highlight the UAE’s national dress and create unique baubles that add an element of playfulness and fun,” says Abdulqader. “Bringing cultures together to raise money for Al Noor is an initiative that I am very honoured to participate in and support.”
Another local artist who has participated in the collection is Abdulla Lutfi. The Emirati artist, who has autism spectrum disorder, specialises in quirky black and white creations, and credits education as the main reason behind his artistic success. “I would like to support the students of Al Noor get ahead in life and become independent members of society,” he says of his involvement with the charitable initiative.
Additionally, local artists Amreen Wahid and Muna Amareen have their designs included in the collection. Henna artist Wahid is the woman behind the hugely popular @Girly.Henna Instagram account and has recreated some of her exceptional designs onto the baubles.
Elsewhere, multidisciplinary artist Amareen, has reflected the traditional Emirati embroidery and textiles, also known as talli, and created vibrant and floral decorations. “I am very happy to be a part of this campaign to support Al Noor with their holistic approach to the wellbeing of all students, who benefit from individually designed programs to suit their specific needs,” says Amareen.
Each of the baubles are priced at AED 80 and the limited collection is available in Crate & Barrel stores in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and The Dubai Mall.