Tea Dance

Daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning, our souls
are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?
– Rumi

• For her series Tea Dance, Siba Sahabi spins teapots and cups out of paper, creating visible ridges that suggest movement. The tea dance was a pastime that originated in Morocco and was adapted by French colonialists. All of Sahabi’s work touches on cultural exchange, weaving together the history of Middle Eastern and European ceramics with the present.

• This Tile Decorated with Entrelacs dates back to the 14th century and comes from the region around Uzbekistan, Bukhara or Samarqand.

• Ibrahim’s Turkish Rug is made from pieces of blue-toned rugs that are washed, sheared and over-dyed to give the fabric a worn quality.

• Eva’s Seega Board is hand crafted for the Ancient Egyptian board game and comes with clay scarabs as pawns.

• Kristen’s Jar has a petal-like rim and turquoise finish with dotted snowflakes.

• Sarah’s Vase has a turquoise glaze with notes of pale yellow.

• Donata’s Scarf is made of pure, light linen.

• Anna’s Pendant has small lily pads etched into its turquoise-green enamel surface.