After spending some time working across London, Beirut and Amman, FTA 2020 Prize winner in the Debut Talent category, Zeid Hijazi has released his debut Spring/Summer 2022 collection titled “KALT”. Inspired by the Tunisian film, Bedwin Hacker, which is about a computer hacker and TV pirate who broadcasts messages promoting freedom and equality for North Africans, Hijazi’s collection revolves around a group of Palestinian women trying to televise the truth about their lived experience under occupation through their attempt at hacking various broadcast frequencies.
“The exploration of the modern versus the traditional and the means by which we communicate to resist an occupying force was my starting point,” explains Hijazi. The dagger, which is also Zeid Hijazi’s logo, is imagined as an antenna, the main means of communication. It is the tool through which the women are able to encrypt the messages and signals they hope the world will someday see. The cross-stitch embroidery present throughout the collection, namely, motifs called Little Ears of Corn, Cypress, The Key of Hebron and more, are imagined as the coded data the women are attempting to televise. Palestinian embroidery has always been a generational method of communication and, in Palestine’s most recent history, it has been used as a tool to communicate and express resistance.
Hijazi’s exploration of his Palestinian heritage transcends the traditional craft of embroidery. An image of a Palestinian-made doll was discovered in the digital archives of the British Museum and the designer screen printed it on off-white embroidered denim. The “Kalt Cape”, which can best be described as a Hijazi staple, will continue to be developed in seasons to come, representing as it does a refinement of Palestinian upholstery in a contemporary manner.