Explore Emirati culture at new Abu Dhabi workshop series

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Culture lovers in Abu Dhabi can now try their hand at Emirati crafts - a brand new series of weekly workshops that delve deep into the heritage and history of traditional UAE handicrafts is now up and running at Al Ain Palace Museum.

The arty activities are free of charge as the initiative is part of the museum’s ongoing programme to encourage the public to connect with culture.

The artistic workshops, which are held every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, will be taking over the landmark spot until October.

The artistic programme includes the Telli workshop, which focuses on a distinctive embroidery skill traditionally practiced by women in the UAE. Comprising of gold, silver and brightly coloured strings interwoven together, Telli was used to adorn Emirati women’s clothes and varied in types over time.

The series also offers a Khoos (palm leaf weaving) workshop, another celebrated traditional craft in the region made by women. A wide variety of Emirati home objects were created by Khoos, including wall and ceiling decorations, mats, hand fans, food covers, and many other household items.

The Sadu workshop offers another intriguing insight into the past. Participants are introduced to a popular weaving style in Bedoin culture, primarily used in the making of shelters and tents.
Sadu is one of seven elements inscribed as international heritage in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Its technique draws on materials from the local environment using camel skin, sheepskin and goat hair, while desert plants and herbs were used in the colouring of those materials.

Free. Every Sun, Tue, Wed and Thu, 10am-noon, until October. Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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