Dubai Deisgn Week 2015. UAE designer Aljoud Lootah created Yaroof site-specific geometric installation. Four octagon teak frames hold blue nylon ropes tight together until depict the shape and structure of a fishing net.
The designer paid tribute to a disappearing traditional fishing technique in the United Arab Emirates referring to a lifestyle when people didn’t have much except of what their environment had provided them with. The project shows also the new creative approach and respect of new generations who do not forget to look back.
Aljoud Lotah worked with local fishermen who wove the Yaroof installation and positioned it on the beach shore. During Dubai Design Week 2015, the project was on show in front of the JBR area linking the seashore where fisheremen used to work to the new architectures of Dubai.
The patterns of Yaroof installation are inspired by the complex Arabesque motifs. Similar to the form of these motifs, the curves found in the designs are created entirely with straight lines.
Aljoud Lootah says to ArchiPanic: “I remember seeing the fishermen on the shore of a rural area in the UAE. They would stay there for hours pulling the nets when I was growing up. That image is very poetic and reminds that hard work pays off, and the process shows how patience is key”.
“Designers are always curious to find answers and to know the stories from their parents and grandparents which will shape the way they think and work” What is so refreshing and interesting is how contemporary designers understand the past and shape it in a modern context” Says Aljoud Lootah to ArchiPanic.
Yaroof traditional and rural fishing makes use of beach seine netting made of strong mesh mainly used for catching for small fish. The net is laid down near the shore and the fisherman wades into the sea for some distance holding the edge of the net. Making a half circle towards the shore, the fish are caught inside the net when it is pulled ashore with the help of other fishermen.