Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – 3:25 PM
ABU DHABI, 6 January, WAM / The Sheikh Zayed Festival is concerned with highlighting Emirati culture, customs and traditions, and introducing its visitors to the ancient Emirati life, highlighting many of the handicrafts that parents, grandparents, mothers and grandmothers have mastered, and bequeathed to their children, generation after generation.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi pavilion within the Sheikh Zayed Festival is one of the most prominent pavilions that radiate the fragrance of the past, through many corners that provide visitors with vivid pictures revealing the secrets of the ancient Emirati traditional crafts, through a group of skilled craftsmen who embody these crafts in an interactive and educational way that gives visitors An educational dose about Emirati life in the past.
In one of the corners of the pavilion, one of the craftswomen attracts the attention of visitors as she skillfully practices the craft of khous, which is one of the most famous ancient handicrafts, to show visitors how the ancient craftsman used some simple materials that were used by nature, especially the palm tree, in making simple tools that meet the needs of The house made it easier for them to live, as they made many tools, such as baskets and bowls of different sizes for various uses, and some dining tools and food preservation such as the dump that was used to preserve the food presented on the table as well as to preserve dates.
With its bright shapes, colors and distinctive decorations, the products of the Sadu craft attract visitors to the pavilion to learn about the secrets of this craft and the importance of its products, and how the pieces come out with very accurate and harmonious designs, shapes and colors drawn from the components of the Emirati environment, and in a way that reflects a high artistic sense and the creative outlook of the old Emirati craftsman.
The visitor moves to another corner to get acquainted with the craft of the daffna from palm fronds, which was used in the past to make pergolas, tents, and various forms of old houses, then to a neighboring corner to learn about the “tali” craft that was used to decorate women’s clothes with embroidered patterns and bright colors to give them an elegant cloak. She wears it on many occasions.
From the following and its creations, the visitor moves to another place to get acquainted with the “bride’s flower” and the supplies it contains in preparation for the wedding, as the “bride’s flower” is one of the legacies that are still alive today, and it is a situation that precedes the wedding ceremony, which is determined in the visit of the people of “Al-Maaris” The house of the bride’s family, carrying bags containing the bride’s clothes and outfits, along with gold and various types of perfumes, and other supplies related to the bride’s adornment, which they used to provide in “Al Mandoos”, which is a box that contains all the perfumes, gold, clothes, jewelery and so on that the bride is interested in.
The pavilion is also interested in introducing its visitors to the sport of falconry and its secrets, by professional falconers who know visitors about the types of falcons, methods of taming and taking care of them, and how to prepare them for hunting and train them to define their goals and attack their prey, in addition to introducing visitors to the tools used in this sport, their names and uses.
Wam / Reem Al-Hajri / Reda Abdel-Nour