A few weeks ago, I attended Yalla Habibi’s Spring Collection Launch! Bright, stylish and cultural, these cushions certainly make a statement in the living room. Made with an abundance of colours, traditional Bahraini influences and local artists, they feel like a piece of wonderful (and functional) art, each with a story to tell.
Nathaly Jung created Yalla Habibi out of a desire to learn more about the cultural arts in Bahrain and to show off Bahraini heritage, such as hand-weaving, in a unique way. Nathaly found a niche in the art and fashion world by creating these beautifully embroidered cushions, inspired by Middle Eastern artists, that would look good in any room. Like many artists, she is trying to make art less intimidating by making it apart of your home and your life.
Yalla Habibi is a collaboration of several local artists, each with their own distinctive style and intriguing story. My favourites are a tie between the more modern, pop-art-like “Umm Khultum” by Weaam Sperinck, and Reem Al Orrayed’s bold and simple designs using geometric Kufi calligraphy and traditional Bahraini fabric only found in the village of Bani Jamrah.
Mohamed Sharkawy’s trademark solid blocks of colours and childlike figures tells a story of a time when our connection to animals was a lot stronger than it is now. With four humped camels, dogs and children playing these designs wont fail to put a smile on your face every morning! There are many more designs by Ahmed Anan, Virginie and even the famous bloggers the Dilmuni Couple using a Dilmuni Seal design. My mum really fell in love with Jenine Sharabi’s Hoopoe, so much that we’ve ended up with it in our home. The cushion’s muted browns with the orange of the Hoopoe in mid-flight, makes a perfect match to our living room!
With Yalla Habibi’s mission to support and promote local artists and traditions combined with beautiful and colourful designs, these cushions make a great addition to your home!