Saudi woman makes world’s ‘largest coffee painting’

JEDDAH (AFP) – A Saudi artist has created the world’s “largest coffee painting”, becoming the first woman from the country to achieve a record title single-handedly, the Guinness World Records announced on Sunday.

Ohud Abdullah Almalki used expired coffee to illustrate renowned leaders from the kingdom and the neighbouring the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the 220-square-metre piece.

“It took me 45 days of continuous work to complete, under the watchful eyes of two witnesses, video recording and drone footage,” Almalki said, according to a Guinness World Records statement.

The artwork, titled Naseej 1 (meaning ‘Woven Together’) was created in the Saudi city of Jeddah on a canvas of seven connected cloths.

It features the founding fathers of Saudi Arabia and the UAE – the late King Abdul Aziz bin Saud and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, respectively.

Below them is a series of smaller portraits of other leaders from the two Gulf countries, while the whole work is bordered in the traditional ‘Al-Sadu’ style of Bedouin decoration.

The artwork, titled ‘Naseej 1’ was created in the Saudi city of Jeddah. PHOTO: AFP