An exhibition curated by Khulood Thani and Fatma AlMahmoud with seven gulf-based designers working within areas of Textiles, Handmade Objects and Architecture.

1971-Design Space announces the return of “Fashcultivate” at Dubai Design Week 2020. With the recognition of date palms (Phoenix Dactylifera) as cultural heritage by the UNESCO, the exhibition celebrates date palms for being one of the most cherished gifts of nature and their importance throughout the history of human civilization. Date palms have become part of the cultural and historical identity of the Gulf Region playing an important role in the region’s economy. The designers researched date palms extensively, thereby defining certain narratives, aligning them with their own ideas and merging them into final, hand-crafted results. Six commissions will be present at Dubai Design Week where the exhibition theme is also mirrored in the accompanying, bespoke exhibition design itself, created by the Sharjah-based Interior/Product Designer Alya Al Ghfeli.

Aside from the commissions, the curators initiated a research idea with Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council in which they commissioned experts and labs to findings which resulted in a new material being fabricated out of the date palm.