Set in the south-west of Saudi Arabia on the border with Yemen, the Asir region is one that’s full of culture that has colors and a keen eye to details in everything at its center.
The houses of Asir are richly decorated by the women through the cultural art of “Al-Qatt Al-Asiri,” an interior wall decoration, traditionally practiced exclusively by women, that was added to the UNESCO list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017. The spontaneous art starts with a white background. Then, a wide range of vibrant colors and geometric shapes are brought in to complete the masterpiece and women often invite female relatives and members of their community to help them, establishing the practice as a bonding and unifying experience for them. DIVAZ partnered with “Mariam Abdelghany”, owner and designer of the Egyptian label “Mamzi,” to delve into her inspiration by Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, how she decided to build her collection based on it, and all about the journey of that collection, the bittersweet and the joyful.