Roots Revival

"The Woven Sounds" is project by Mehdi Aminian and his team and aims at documenting the intangible cultural heritage, the singing style, music styles around the process of carpet weaving in Iran.

Naqshe Khani (Patterns Singing) is a mechanism of singing the patterns of the carpet to the other co-weavers. This highly endangered cultural heritage has been a wide spread tradition in Iran, having its own complex lexical and diverse musical structure depending on the region it is being carried out.

To this date, no documents, studies or presentations on this topic could be found and the upcoming documentary is the first attempt to document this rapidly vanishing intangible heritage.

Mehdi Aminian is creating a documentary on this topic based on his research materials gathered in different regions in Iran in the past year. He is also writing his PhD on this topic at the University of Vienna.

"The Woven Sounds" is a research project at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW) within the Commission Vanishing Languages and Cultural Heritage (VLACH) in collaboration with Roots Revival.

Director/Camera/Edit:
Mehdi Aminian

Interview:
Mehdi Aminian
Mitra Harandi
Mina Harandi

Sound:
Mehdi Aminian
Mitra Harandi
Mina Harandi

Assistants & Project collaborators:
Mitra Harandi
Mina Harandi

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Sincere appreciations to:

Ioana Nechiti for her unconditional support and dedication.

Prof. Thede Kahl & Prof. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto for their scientific guidance and support.

Arjang Omrani for the initial idea.

Walid Abboud for his support and contribution in sustaining this project.

Dec 2018 - Jan 2019