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A growing collection of more than 1350 articles of Arab dress and adornment celebrating human narrative.
The Zay Initiative is focused on growing a traditional dress collection with examples from across the Arab world alongside relevant pieces from Iran, India, China, Ottoman Turkey and elsewhere that highlight the exchange of historical influence along the Silk Road.
The collection’s digital portal is an online directory open to everyone free of charge with access to the unique collection of dresses. Easy to navigate, you can search the archive by decade, by country, by garment and more. New pieces are being added daily.
For the first time terms and terminologies are defined through a glossary that can be reached simply by hovering over certain words be it in English or Arabic.
When possible, a brief is recorded referencing the original owner of each article of dress, thus documenting their names and stories giving those women and men a voice that transcends time.
To participate in preserving the memory of your loved ones, simply donate an article to the collection of their dress or Jewellery, include the date and provenance, the name of the original owner and a brief paragraph about them in their memory.
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