Ninurta set up textile handicrafts workshop managed by a team of five women.
Different techniques are used such as woodblock printing, Aghabani embroidery, crochet, and patchwork.
Ninurta’s workshop produces designs with an Oriental identity (patterns and techniques) and a contemporary look.
Traditional techniques used in our workshops
One of the core techniques of Ninurta is traditional woodblock printing, which has its roots in the Syrian region of Aleppo. Woodblock printing was also practised in Hama and Damascus.
Due to its particular properties, beechwood is used to make carved wooden blocks to imprint inks and dyes on textiles for decorative purposes. The best wood-carving is handmade while printing is always done manually.
The technique dates back to the Roman period, to the reign of Queen Zenobia (Third Century AD), as revealed by archaeological excavations in the desert city of Palmyra.
Similar ancient techniques are to be found in India, China and Japan. Each culture and period had its specific patterns.
Aghabani textiles are embroidery type of textile with designs of leaves, flowers or other arabesque geometry inspired by the environment of Syria. It appeared in Aleppo and Damascus and used originally silk materials. The name is generated form the two families who started this type of fabric in Damascus, Al-Agha family and Al-Bani family, Aghabani.
There are many types of Aghabani textiles.
Our products can be purchased in select handicraft shops in Beirut as well as in various fairs and markets across France and Lebanon.