vegetable dyed (woven with natural fiber)
1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
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My name is Arshad Aziz and this is the story of my journey towards textile art that will touch people beyond age, time, culture, nationality and borders. As a child, I had the opportunity to travel extensively across continents. This led to my growing fascination of the indigenous fabrics that were used to make traditional clothes using ancient techniques and the only accessible raw materials. started designing after taking early retirement from the corporate sector. My philosophy has always been about making modern textile using traditional tribal art. A large part of these are environmentally sustainable and derived from only pure fiber. I incorporate these with upcycled modern fabrics taking inspiration from nature. My intent is to create architectural designs that look and feel good. I use hand techniques such as weaving, knitting, crochet and old embroideries mixed with upcycled fabrics to create a textile that shows textural interest. I try to use natural materials for accent and embellishment such as cowrie shells, stones, glass, mirror work and metal. To me, each piece I create embodies a little bit of history, culture, tradition, nature, art and the diversity of human society (past and present) coming together. My designs are my interpretations and expressions of my love of travel and artistic talent worldwide.