Today bp publicly presented a book and launched an exhibition
dedicated to one of the amazing national art trends of Azerbaijan -
the art of patchwork. The event was held in the Complex of
Shirvanshahs' Palace at Icherisheher (Old City) as part of the
National Gurama (patchwork) Festival.
The book is the publication of research materials about the
beautiful art of patchwork, translated from various languages into
Azerbaijani and English. The material was developed based on
previously existing photos and information about the patchwork
compositions of the XVIII-XIX centuries stored in Baku and regional
museums, as well as in private collections.
The exhibition features handworks by well-known national
patchwork artists, and is open to the public, with a month-long
free access as a courtesy of bp.
bp sponsored the book and the exhibition to help provide wider
access to information about the national patchwork art and to
further promote Azerbaijan's rich cultural legacy.
Addressing the event, Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, bp's vice president
for the Caspian region, communications and external affairs,
“We are pleased to contribute to the promotion of this
fascinating national art trend, which has a special place in the
culture of craftsmanship in Azerbaijan. Patchwork art exists in all
the regions of the country and its history goes back centuries. We
hope this book and the exhibition will help the wider audience
learn more about this ancient art pattern of Azerbaijan.”
The total cost of the project is around AZN72,000. This includes
the editorial review and translation of the research material,
publication of the book, and sponsorship of the exhibition.
The project was implemented by the Icherisheher Museum
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