Swedish, Moroccan and British project that will explore how textile patterns originally associated with Islam found their way into the Viking textile tradition
A project wishing to present a research-based bilingual craft film in English/Arabic for global dissemination at an international archaeological conference in Hungary. The project has demonstrated through research that Islamic craft traditions travelled from the Middle East to Northern Europe in the Viking Age, and had a major impact on Viking textile traditions. The vision of the project is to re-globalise craft symbols that have mistakenly come to legitimise Nordic national romanticism and xenophobic Viking myths.
The project manages to reach back into history and use the textile art practices of the past to shed light on the subject of Islamophobia, which is highly relevant and topical in the Nordic countries today. The project also succeeds in creating a clear link between the theory of sociology, history and archaeology with a concrete artistic craft.
Total budget: 30 700 DKK
Grant: 24 000 DKK