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Al Sadu, Traditional Weaving Skills in the United Arab Emirates. ©UNESCO 2011
Al Sadu, Traditional Weaving Skills in the United Arab Emirates

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Al Sadu

Al Sadu is a traditional form of weaving practised by Bedouin women in rural communities of the United Arab Emirates to produce soft furnishings and decorative accessories for camels and horses. Bedouin men shear the sheep, camels and goats, and women gather in small groups to spin and weave, exchanging family news and occasionally chanting and reciting poetry. Girls learn by watching during these gatherings and are gradually given tasks to do, such as sorting the wool, before learning the more intricate skills involved.

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Place/region United Arab Emirates, Southwest Asia
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Authors and personalities: Rajah Balakrishna, director. Nasser Ali Al Hamiri, participant ; Ismail Al El-Fihail, participant ; Barbara Hayward, participant.
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Rights/Droits: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority

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