During his visits abroad, artist and designer Ayed Arafah would regularly phone his mother and ask her for recipes; she would then dictate the right instructions. Arafah was trying to cook his favourite dishes, and what was left were the many scraps of paper with recipes. Back in Palestine, he translated them into handwritten memos and drawings, and screen-printed the artworks on cotton fabric weaved in Al-Khalil.
With this apron design, Ayed Arafah turns this culinary heritage into daily useful and beautiful objects. As a Palestinian refugee in Bethlehem, he keeps Qastina – the village he originates from – alive through these ‘Qastina designs’.
- The aprons are available with three designs:
- — Maklouba is frequently designated as the Palestinian national dish, and is very popular amongst Palestinians. The dish includes meat, rice and fried vegetables placed in a pot, which is then flipped upside down when served — hence the name maklouba, which translates literally as “upside-down”. Although Maklouba has many different variations, this apron shows what is the one and only recipe for its artist Ayed Arafah.
- — Qalaya, literally meaning “frying pan” in Arabic, is a common dish eaten by Palestinians for breakfast, dinner, or as a lunch starter. The base for this tomato stew remains the same across families and regions: tomato, garlic, onion, and olive oil. Although Qalaya has many different variations, this apron shows what is the one and only recipe for its artist Ayed Arafah, with fresh green pepper.
- — Waraq, “leaves” in Arabic, is a common dish eaten by Palestinians and across the Eastern Mediterranean. Grape leaves are rolled and stuffed with a preparation of rice with herbs and tomato, sometimes with meat, and cooked on slow fire. Although stuffed grape leaves have many different variations, this apron shows what is the one and only recipe for its artist Ayed Arafah.
- Ayed Arafeh (PS)
Ayed Arafah was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Dheisheh refugee camp. Nowadays, he works and lives in Ramallah. He has a BA degree in contemporary visual art from The International Academy of Art and a BA in social work from Al Quds Open University. Combining classic and contemporary media, he explores the conceptual image that aims to motivate a better understanding about the self (my self and others) in relation with society’s issues related to politics, culture and economics. His aim is to engage with different levels of society.
- George Qarra’a (PS)
Tailor George Qarra’a (Bethlehem, PS)
Silkscreen on 100% Mansouri Cotton
94 x 46 cm