A celebration of artistic creativity

A VARIETY of interesting workshops are in store for art lovers this month at Al Jasra Handicraft Training Center.

A boat building workshop will teach participants how to identify the different types of wood used for making model boats, how to cut wood to create model boats, how to mold boat accessories as well as how to draw and carve a piece wood and sand. this.

Shipbuilding is a popular traditional industry for which Bahrain has been known since ancient times, an industry in which Bahrainis have excelled and left visible marks.

The different types of vessels that have been used for purposes of fishing, diving, pearling as well as transporting passengers and goods include Al-banush (dhow), Abloom, Albaghlah and others.

The ancient art of pottery is another industry the kingdom is well known for, with archaeological research indicating its spread for thousands of years, due to the availability of materials locally.

The wheel pottery workshop will cover topics such as types of clay and tools used to shape, methods of wedging and kneading clay, and how to shape and sculpt wheel pottery clay.

Cloth weaving has deep roots in Bahrain’s history and is known to be passed down from generation to generation.

The textile industry was widespread in some villages like Abu Saybi, Dar Kulayb and Makabah.

The industry has since been confined to the village of Bani Jamrah, which was once home to nearly a hundred factories that employed almost all of the villagers.

These factories were only modest huts made of palm leaves where the weaver and the members of his family took refuge from the heat of the sun.

The village was a bustling market that people frequented for supplies and the cloth was even exported to various other parts of the Gulf.

The weaving workshop will teach participants about the types of yarns used in textile weaving, how to use a textile weaving machine, and teach them how to make a model piece of fabric.

An Arabic calligraphy workshop (second level) will introduce participants to the history of Arabic calligraphy, the main types of fonts and its importance as an art form.

They will also discover the tools used and how to use them.

During the traditional chest-making workshop, participants will learn to identify the types of wood used to make traditional chests, how to cut the wood to create the boxes and how to mold the traditional accessories.

Wooden chests or boxes, still used in most Gulf Arab countries as a decorative feature in many homes, are traditional chests known as Sanadeeg Mubayata, which serve as storage for clothes and personal items.

Its appearance is distinguished by hammered nailheads in various decorative fashions.

These chests are made of real wood and are often used to present the bride with her trousseau.

Mubayet chests are made of wood and are mainly used to keep and store clothes, gold jewelry and other valuable acquisitions including money, official documents and papers.

These boxes are fitted with sturdy locks to guard against the loss or theft of their contents.

They are also characterized by their high weight which makes it impossible to move them easily.

They rest on four wooden pillars in the shape of a cylinder which insulate the floor from the bottom of the trunk to protect it from the humidity of the ground.

Apart from the built-in chest which is characterized by excessive decorations and large size, there are other types of chests, such as the Al-Ghatam box with minimal decorations and patterns.

It has a smooth surface and is used to store kitchen utensils, foodstuffs and clothes.

Another is the Buhubal box which is wrapped in strong ropes and is used for travel, in addition to the Al-Bishtakhta, a small box typically used by boat captains and divers to store and sort pearls by size. and quality.

It is also used to store official documents and papers.

The gypsum engraving workshop will teach participants how to make gypsum engravings, to identify the types and names of decorations as well as to use the tools.

Bahrain has long been known for its aesthetic architecture, in which its technicians and craftsmen have created a spirit of authentic Bahraini character.

One of the finest features of this architecture is the gypsum inscriptions that cover the houses, especially those belonging to well-known families in Bahrain, which still exist in major cities such as Muharraq and Manama.

These artistic creations are one of the most important characteristics of the traditional architecture of Bahrain, especially considering its precision, elegance and strength, which reflect the creativity and imagination of the Bahraini craftsman.

Simple tools such as homemade knives as well as rulers, pens and other tools were used to help craftsmen create the various inscriptions placed in different wall paintings, window frames, arches and other parts of the old house.

All workshops are organized by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and are open to people aged 18 and over.

Each workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Saturdays of the month.

For more information visit culture.gov.bh

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