IRTHI Contemporary Crafts Council

Maison d'Exceptions

Maison d'Exceptions

Hall 6


Hheo, Al Quassimi Street, Po Box 2334
United Arab Emirates

Know-how / Specialty

Talli, also known as desert lace, is a handwoven braiding technique of metal threads. This exclusively feminine know-how, similar to that of bobbin lace, is passed on from mother to daughter.
Between 8 and 50 bobbins of yarn will be used depending on the complexity of the braiding. Talli is traditionally used to decorate wrists, hems and collars of dresses or shirwal, the traditional Emirrati female trousers. Irthi
Contemporary Crafts Council’s mission is to supervise many craftspeople in order to ensure the international outreach of their practices.


Ancestral Techniques