Saudi designer elevates streetwear with a touch of heritage

Mohammed Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions. (Supplied)
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Mohammed Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions. (Supplied)
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Mohammed Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions. (Supplied)
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Mohammed Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions. (Supplied)
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Mohammed Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions. (Supplied)
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Mohammed Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions. (Supplied)
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Mohammed Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions. (Supplied)
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Updated 18 February 2024
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Saudi designer elevates streetwear with a touch of heritage

Saudi designer elevates streetwear with a touch of heritage
  • “The Fashion Commission is making a tremendous effort to shed light on Saudi brands, such as the Saudi 100 Brands Fashion Exhibition,” Saud said

RIYADH: Saudi fashion designer Mohammed Saud is bringing a touch of his culture to the streetwear aesthetic using brilliant colors and abstract motifs inspired by his heritage.

Saud creates pieces inspired by the Najd region, where he was raised, such as embroidery patterns featuring Najdi inscriptions.  

The pieces he designs are a dynamic blend of traditions and contemporary style.

The art of fashion and style is finding unprecedented support and that is a golden opportunity for designers to highlight their talents.

Mohammed Saud, Fashion designer

“I wanted to emphasize heritage in a particular way while making it appear contemporary. So, I try to incorporate some of its components, like embroidery, drawing, or engravings, into a brand-new, modern design,” Saud told Arab News.  

“For instance, the most recent item I created was a fitted suit with embroidery that drew inspiration from traditional Saudi clothing such as bisht or marwadun. I enjoy blending modern elements with traditional ones and elements from Saudi Arabia’s history.”

Although Saud majored in business administration while at university, he found that his true interest lay in fashion, and his own style was always characterized by distinctive fabrics and bold colors.

In 2016, he began displaying his designs at a concept boutique in Riyadh called Personage.

He describes his aesthetic as versatile streetwear that can easily be adapted to suit a variety of occasions, including “a meeting or a dinner,” while ensuring the wearer “always seems elegant,” the designer said.

For Saud, designing clothing for Saudis is about celebrating heritage and persuading men to adopt new trends and diversify their closets.

“We must get out of our comfort zone. Times have changed, and men have many occasions and public events that require them to have different outfits,” Saud said.

In the future, he hopes to establish a fashion house where he can display his creations for both clothing and accessories like purses and shoes.   

As a fashion designer witnessing the cultural transformations in the Kingdom, Saud is thrilled by the efforts of the Ministry of Culture to elevate Saudi fashion and local designers.

“The Fashion Commission and Riyadh Fashion Week are creating a high demand for fashion in Saudi Arabia. The commission is making a tremendous effort to shed light on Saudi brands, such as the Saudi 100 Brands Fashion Exhibition,” Saud said.

“It is a beautiful thing for the world to see that there are many Saudi designers, and this will create new job opportunities. We Saudis are able to compete with any international brand.”

He thanked the minister of culture and the commission for the efforts being made. “The art of fashion and style is finding unprecedented support and that is a golden opportunity for designers to highlight their talents,” he added.

 


KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries

KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries
Updated 15 April 2024
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KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries

KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries

RIYADH: Saudi charity KSrelief distributed 1,930 food parcels on Saturday to displaced families in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. 
The initiative, part of the group’s food-security support project in Sudan, benefited 12,236 individuals, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The assistance comes within the framework of a series of relief and humanitarian projects implemented by Saudi Arabia through KSrelief to help conflict-hit areas, SPA added.
In Lebanon, KSrelief provided health care services to Syrian refugees and their host community in Arsal town of Baalbek Governorate. 
The Arsal Health Care Center received a total of 3,422 patients and offered 6,128 services from various health sections such as clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, nursing and the community and mental health program. 
In Yemen, KSrelief continues its implementation of the water supply and environmental sanitation projects across several districts. If February, KSrelief pumped 36,207,000 liters of usable water and 3,194,000 liters of potable water into Hajjah Governorate.
Additionally, the center carried out 237 transportation operations to remove waste from displaced camps.
In Saada Governorate, KSrelief pumped 290,000 liters of potable water and another 290,000 liters of usable water, benefiting 30,100 people.


Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss Middle East escalation

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss Middle East escalation
Updated 14 April 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss Middle East escalation

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss Middle East escalation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke with the prime minister of Iraq on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

During their phone call, Prince Mohammed and Mohammed Al-Sudani discussed developments in the region and increasing escalation against the backdrop of the crisis in the Gaza Strip and its repercussions.

They also dissussed the importance of making the necessary efforts to prevent the situation from worsening and ways to spare the region from the risks of escalation, SPA added.


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Saudi FM receives phone call from Iranian counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (File/AFP)

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday.

During the call, the officials discussed developments in the region and increasing escalation against the backdrop of the crisis in the Gaza Strip and its repercussions.


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Saudi defense minister discusses military escalation in region with US counterpart

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the military escalation in Middle East with US Secretary of Defense.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the military escalation in the Middle East on Sunday with his US counterpart during a phone call.

The call comes after Iran launched a wave of missiles and attack drones against Israel overnight Saturday to Sunday.

Prince Khalid and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also discussed efforts to contain the crisis while upholding international peace and security.

The officials also reviewed their strategic defense partnership and explored ways to further enhance it, the Kingdom’s defense minister said in a post on X. 


Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones

Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones
Updated 14 April 2024
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Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones

Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones
  • Ali Alhammadi has been passionate about visual arts since childhood

JEDDAH: Ali Alhammadi, a Saudi 32-year-old visual artist from Aldawadmi in Riyadh, has carved out a remarkable pathway in the world of art since his professional debut in 2017.

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the “Saudi renaissance” in line with Vision 2030, prompting him to embark on a creative expedition to express his perceptions through the canvas.

Alhammadi told Arab News that his art philosophy is about breaking invisible limitations and transcending comfort zones, drawing inspiration from the evergreen landscapes he encountered during camping trips with his father in the Riyadh desert.

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Ali Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the ‘Saudi renaissance’ in line with Vision 2030. (Supplied)

“During every spring season, me and my father used to go camping in the outskirts of Riyadh, when the desert turns green for a couple of months, where all the magical inspiration happens.”

Through his landscapes and abstract pieces, Alhammadi delves into his feelings, insecurities and aspirations, painting a narrative that speaks volumes.

“I use my art to express both happiness and sadness, and sometimes I start a painting with an idea in mind, but then I end up with a new one,” he said.

Ali Alhammadi, Saudi artist

One of Alhammadi’s pioneering techniques, “Invisible Limitations,” challenges traditional conceptions and societal norms, symbolizing the potential within, and beyond self-imposed boundaries. He said that his work reflects a realization that limitations are merely illusions.

“Our comfort zone sometimes restricts our ability to be inspired and inspire others. That’s why I decided to paint the Invisible Limitations theme.

“As I matured, I realized that most of these limitations don’t exist ... our limitation is the sky.”

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Ali Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the ‘Saudi renaissance’ in line with Vision 2030. (Supplied)

Alhammadi’s artistic evolution has been influenced by his participation in prestigious exhibitions such as The Stars Exhibition at the German Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the second Riyadh Season Exhibition.

These platforms not only showcased his talent but also provided a catalyst for his creative development, empowering him to delve deeper into his cultural roots while embracing global influences.

Navigating between diverse cultural landscapes, Alhammadi, based between Liverpool and Riyadh, seamlessly fuses vibrant hues and styles, blending Saudi heritage and international artistic trends.

His experiences abroad have expanded his artistic horizons, inspiring him to create artworks that resonate with a global audience while retaining a distinctive Saudi essence. “Now that I have found my theme and art style, I believe that this phase will take me to different phases in my professional art career,” he said.

Looking toward the future, Alhammadi envisions his artwork evolving to explore the intricacies of human and cultural relationships, going deeper into themes that resonate with universal emotions and experiences. “Human and cultural relationships is something I’m keen on expressing through art,” he said.

His participation in international and local events such as the Founding Day in Liverpool and the National Day in London has not only spotlighted his talent but also enriched his artistic narrative with a tapestry of diverse influences.

For aspiring visual artists embarking on their creative odyssey, Alhammadi offers this advice: “Stay true to your vision, embrace your unique style, and let your art tell your story.”