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CAIRO – 16 July 2017: Those in the UAE looking to try a new hobby and help preserve a tradition should head over to Al Ain Palace Museum, currently hosting several workshops on the traditional UAE weaving. Held by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, these lessons are all free of charge, from every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. up until October.
The lessons will cover the art forms of Al-Sadu, Telli, and Khous. In olden times, these weaving traditions were a way for women to make money to support their families, and they brought a unique, rich beauty to the Emirati. Telli weaving created popular fine dresses, Al-Sadu came from the Bedouin tribes, who decorated their tents with elaborate, beautiful patterns, and the tradition was recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Another workshop focuses specifically on Khous weaving, where baskets and other items were made from palm tree leaves.
Once taught to nearly all women and young girls in the UAE, these difficult skills have since faded with the coming of the modern world.