Recycling: the why,how and where in Bahrain

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***Basket Weaver***

The materials are collected, cleaned and washed.  They color the materials by using natural dyes from the local Hawaj ( Bahraini herbalist) and combine them in different designs for each basket.



Abbas Al Jamri started basket making as a hobby 25 years ago after retiring. As a child he learned this traditional skill from his parents, who both were basket makers.


Telephone: 17795270
His hobby has changed his life and given him the opportunity visit Europe to demonstrate Bahraini culture and handicrafts

***Carpet Weaver- Bani Jamra***

On a wooden frame nylon thread columns are place as guide threads. Colorful cotton threads on special spools are put through in a zigzag manner, and with a special brush pushed to make sure they are neat and tidy.
A Bahraini weaver would weave many of the men’s garbs, such as azar, ghutar (head dresses), bisht (cloaks) as well as female dresses. The weavers also weave boat sails and mats which are used as carpets.
Mobile:39040221
As a son of a carpet maker Abdulhussain Yousif Mohammed naturally took an interest in and acquire his fathers skills, but with declining business he was forced to take a job to guarantee a regular income.


His love with weaving continued after work and at a friend’s house he continued to refine his skills and interest in building the machines used to weave.



With his son on whom he has passed his wonderful traditional skills he makes carpets and other products after school and work.

 

The fabric weaving itself is a fast, meticulous and highly precise process that requires a great deal of mental and physical coordination as the weaver uses both his hands and legs and distributes and overlaps the threads into each other in a systematic and coordinated manner.

The weaver can weave from three to five meters a day. Cotton threads, which are predominantly red and black, are used in the process. Also wool and silk threads are used.

***Palm Font craft***

His father and grandparents were palm frond crafters. Mohamed Hussain Habeeb Al Jabboori from Dar khulaib village and his brother helped since childhood




The family builds furniture from palm fronds like cradles, cages, chairs, tables, board pergola’s and special custom build designs from customers.

 

Phone: 39744483 /36403540/ 17440441

***Pottery - Aali***

A’ali pottery, located deep in the heart of Bahrain and amidst 4,000 year old burial mounds, is Bahrain’s biggest pottery handicraft centre.


Visit their workshop and see the potters in action, using the old-fashioned foot operated wheel, and baking the finished pots in kilns built into the nearby burial mounds; a traditional method passed down through generations.


They create beautiful pots and handicrafts of virtually every size and style imaginable, from naturally finished to brightly coloured pieces.

A’Ali Pottery is great way to learn about one of Bahrain’s most treasured traditions whilst getting some retail therapy too.

+973 17641050


A’Ali Pottery


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***Bread***

Khubz reqaq is very thin flatbread baked on a special plate by khubz ladies.

Soft pasty dough is scraped on a hot plate by hand until it dries and

Khubz, is the very cheap traditional Bahraini flatbread baked (30 seconds/1minute) in dome shaped ovens by men. (5 pieces 100 fils)

It comes in 2 flavors, sweet which can be eaten with morning tea, or plain.


Plain it is spread with butter and sugar, however its most favored during Ramadan, where it is cut into pieces and covered with savory curry full of vegetables and chicken or meat.


 Umm Khalid from Muharraq can supply these fresly made Khubz Reqaq , savoury (sattar) or sweet ( saffron and sugar).


Mobile:39340738

local handcrafted products

***Al Jasra Handicrafts centre***

It has workshops for artisans, including mat weaving, basket making, pottery and boat building. 
A vast range of indigenous handicrafts is kept alive and well at this centre.

The enthusiastic staff and craftsmen encourage visitors to take a close look at how items are made, and offer a full explanation of the technical processes involved.



One highlight is watching the friendly women who come down to the centre daily to weave mats from plain and brightly-coloured dampened palm fronds.

The centre also houses a number of makers of musical instruments, tanners and silk weavers.

Details

Location: Jasra Village, Manama

  • Tel: 17 611 900
  •  Towards the King Fahad Causeway
  • Open Sat 9am-4pm; Sun-Thu 7am-2pm

***Capital Mall***

The Mall is one of the tourist attractions in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as it contains the Bahraini traditional and original handmade products


Al Seef area, Karbabad (17 582 169).

Sunday to Thursday from 7AM-9PM

Friday to Saturday from 9AM-9PM


***Sitra Centre for Productive Families***

Sitra Centre for Productive Families was established in 2006. It is a specialized complex that aims to develop home crafts by providing a healthy and convenient place, helping productive families to market their food products, provide a place that accommodates the largest number of productive families, and prove the ability of Bahraini women to produce and innovate, which helps them to engage in the labour market and become an active producer.

 

The complex contains workshops for manufacturing and packaging dry food stuff, such as spices, coffee and flour, in addition to pickles and cheese

Location on Google Maps: Sitra Centre for Productive Families

 

Address:

 

Building 567 - Road 519 – Complex 605

Sitra

Phone: 17102345 - Fax: 17730168

***Al Saya Centre for Bahraini Handmade products. ***.

Al-Saya Center for productive families in 2012 at Al-Muharraq Social Center near the Central Market. The center includes independent carts to put the products on them, and there are also many halls that include cabinets with multiple shelves to put the products in a manner that attracts the public who frequented the center of the protection.


Al-Saya
Centre for Bahraini Handmade products was reopened at the Al-Muharraq Social Center in Al-Busaiteen, where he was inaugurated by the Minister of Labor and Social Development, Mr. Jamil bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan during 2017.