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Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH) 2014

Reinterpreting traditional weave : Revisiting vernacular architecture

Cemal, Havar

Titre : Reinterpreting traditional weave : Revisiting vernacular architecture

Auteur : Cemal, Havar

Université de soutenance : Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH)

Grade : Master of Architecture – Architecture 2014

I am interested in experiences and knowledge that is passed on from generation to generation, and in a broad sense this is the starting point of my thesis project. I am of Kurdish descent, and I knew early on that I wanted to make a project that related to Kurdish tradition. I was specially intrigued by Kurdish weaving craft and how this particular tradition could be architecturally interpreted and used as a tectonic component. I wasn´t interested in simply reproducing traditional architecture, but rather using certain techniques and methods as a way of conceiving something new. Within my family, there is experience in weaving. With their knowledge, it has helped me technically but also with issues relating to the social and traditional. The study is based on developing design techniques of Kurdish weaving techniques and principles. My design technique has mostly been focused on the slit tapestry technique, more commonly known as kelim, where openings are created when two separately woven areas of weft meet along adjacent warps and do not interlock. Using this technique, there is room for spontaneity, which has allowed me to use the weave frame and warp to develop my design technique. In addition to weaving tradition, the project is also based on Kurdish vernacular architecture as well as Islamic architecture in terms of climatic and social aspects

Mots Clés  : Kurdistan, Iraq, Identity, culture, weaving, traditional, crafts, school, erbil, carpet


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