Saba Tark at Centraal Museum Utrecht


Saba Tark: Nomads of the World exhibition at Centraal Museum in Utrecht


This is the first in a series of exhibitions in which Centraal Museum and HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht) present the work of a promising talent. Each autumn the museum will showcase the work of an art or design graduate from HKU. The series kicks off with Saba Tark (1987, Baghdad), who studied at the MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts) and Design and at HKU. As a young fashion designer from a multicultural background, she is inspired by traditional craftsmanship and experimentation.

Her graduation project Nomads of the World is displayed in the New Utrecht Galleries. The collection is inspired by the fabrics of nomadic people, in which function and beauty are paramount. In this collection, it is as though Saba has created a modern tribe that has fled the hectic nature of everyday life in search of peace, quiet and freedom. In this collection, she has sought a new approach to design that translates craftsmanship and innovation into clothing: she has developed new materials and techniques, adapted design methods and changed silhouettes.


The focus of Saba Tark’s graduation project was haute couture and craftsmanship, creating a new image with age-old techniques combined with various materials. She draws attention to the cut, hand sewing and finish. Using moulage techniques (draping fabric on a tailor’s dummy) and a ‘zero waste’ design method, she created silhouettes with geometric forms, reducing waste material by 80%.

All the garments, fabrics and shoes are inspired by areas inhabited by nomadic peoples.


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