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Flower Binding in Abha, Saudi Arabia

Flower Binding in Abha, Saudi Arabia

In the mountains of southern Saudi Arabia, men decorate their hair with flower garlands and sweet-smelling herbs.   Jaber Mohammad closes the do...

Miswak, Natural Toothbrushes in Saudi Arabia

Miswak, Natural Toothbrushes in Saudi Arabia

Natural toothbrushes made from the roots and branches of the arak tree are the preferred way to clean teeth across Saudi Arabia. Fahim Al Ashu h...

Janbiya Dagger Making in Najran

Janbiya Dagger Making in Najran

Worn as proud adornments, janbiya daggers are a rite of passage in Saudi Arabia’s Najran.   The very best pieces of iron are the heavy bolts tha...

Date Harvesting in Najran, Saudi Arabia

Date Harvesting in Najran, Saudi Arabia

Dates, once an essential lifeline for people in the Arabian Peninsula, remain a much-loved culinary treasure.   The fruit yielded by the date pa...

Agal Making in Riyadh

Agal Making in Riyadh

In the heart of Riyadh, craftsmen form the essential element to the Gulf region’s national headdress. It might seem trivial, but the black agal ha...

Warriors Dance in Riyadh

Warriors Dance in Riyadh

Cut from the same cloth as Bedouin war rituals, Saudi Arabia's ardha remains a dance of king and kin.   ‘If you are not interested in such matte...

The True Value of Handicrafts

The True Value of Handicrafts

Writer: Siri Trang Khalsa In this globalized marketplace, we all have become constant consumers. Encouraged by incessant advertising, we are alwa...