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.
***Carpet Weaver- Bani Jamra***
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
They create beautiful pots and handicrafts of virtually every size and style imaginable, from naturally finished to brightly coloured pieces.
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).
local handcrafted products
***Al Jasra Handicrafts 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.
Location: Jasra Village, Manama
- Tel: 17 611 900
- Towards the King Fahad Causeway
- Open Sat 9am-4pm; Sun-Thu 7am-2pm
Al Seef area, Karbabad (17 582 169).
Sunday to Thursday from 7AM-9PM
Friday to Saturday from 9AM-9PM
***Sitra Centre for Productive Families***
The complex contains workshops for manufacturing and packaging dry food stuff, such as spices, coffee and flour, in addition to pickles and cheese
***Al Saya Centre for Bahraini Handmade products.
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.