2019, Prototype – wooden sandal, leather strap, text message in rubber sole
This product was made possible by the “Intimate Terrains Summer School” of Disarming Design From Palestine, in a collaboration with the Palestinian Museum.

A Handmade wooden sandal leaving a message with every step.

Across the globe, people long to return to a home that was once theirs. During the Nakba, a lot of Palestinians were forced to flee, becoming refugees in their own country or in diaspora. They were denied to come back, but still hold on to their right of return. At the same time Palestinians are still suffering restrictions in movement in their own land.

Thahabna le na`oud is a contemporary remake of the traditional wooden “Qubqab” slipper. Anonymous in its design, our slippers carry in their soles a hidden message that is an insistence on the Palestinian right. While we move across the landscape, the slippers imprint in the sand the bold but fragile promise: “We left” … “To come back” … “We left” … “To come back” … “We left” … “To come back” …

Designers: Aya Kirresh, Ignace Cami, Jürgen Buchinger, Lama Aloul, Samar Kirresh

Artisans: Abu Ahmeed (Rahallah Shoes, Shoemaker), Abu Bashar (Carpenter), Samar Abdallah (Samar Style Tailor), Salam Alassi (Assi Advertising Makers, CNC and Lasercutting)


In his interdisciplinary practice, Ignace Cami (°1986, BE) takes folk culture as a starting point to make objects, sculptures, installations and writings. He thereby activates the contemporary meaning of local history.

Trained as a printmaker and sculptor, Cami started moving towards more active and social ways of distributing his projects. Each project creates a new platform for social interaction. By emphasizing familiarity in his own tender and playful way, he pushes the boundaries of performativity and storytelling.


He also ran the artist run CRYING space with Ward Zwart and is a part of collaborative projects like Haas & Gaai, Boris & Kitchenknife and Nestvlieders.

+ CV & selected shows