HISTORY OF THE COLLECTION

Dr. El Mutwalli has invested in a collection of historic dress over the course of the past decades. The core of the collection is based on UAE traditional dress, in addition to key examples from Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabi, Yemen, Iraq, Syria & Egypt.

The UAE based Sultani Collection includes pieces that date back to the 1950s, i.e. the pre-oil era to the present, chronicling socio-economic changes and style-history. Documenting the evolution of style in the Emirates and the different factors that shaped it, be it drawing from the East or the West. It illustrates the shift from traditional craftsmanship to more contemporary techniques. It showcases the evolvment in fabrics from simple cotton gauze and nylon net to refined silks and chiffons.

It includes examples acquired from the simplest rural families to the ruling families of the region. While the balance of the collection focuses on critical dress samples from the neighbouring region and will require additional acquisitions in time.