Workshop Owner: Awal Women's Society
Description: Naqdah is a word used in the past to refer to the weight of silver. Previously in the region women's dresses were designed using real silver threads which were bought by the gram and are sewn using a special type of needle. These dresses were referred to as designed using "naqda" or silver threads. In the workshop found in the Craft Center, a number of ladies spend their time sewing designs using naqda. You will find these designs on various products leke veils, napkins and tissue box covers.
Workshop: Palm Paper
Workshop Owner: Child & Mother Welfare Society
Description: Date palm tree leaves which are available in abundance in the Kingdom are utilized by the ladies in this workshop to produce hand-made paper. The palm tree leaves are collected, cut into small pieces, boiled and made into a dough (using some chemicals) which is later made into paper. These papers are available for sale at the Center after being transformed into various types of goods, such as seasonal cards, postcards or you may find them decorated with drawings reflecting the Bahraini culture and heritage. Also some people may use this paper for printing business cards.
Workshop: Nasaej (Traditional Embroidery)
Workshop Owner: Bahrain Young Ladies Association
Description: Bahraini women were renowned for their interest and expertise in textile embroidery which made these embroideries a part of the heritage of Bahrain. Currently, a number of ladies from different villages in Bahrain work in this project. They produce various embroidered items, such as tissue box covers, children dresses, bookmarks and carefully embroidered paintings reflecting the culture of Bahrain.
Workshop: Zujajeyat (Stained Glass)
Workshop Owner: Jeyad Hasan Habeeb
Description: Innovative and appealing designs are made by Mr. Jeyad using glass and mirrors. These designs are available not only as individual arts work but also for houses, mosques, churches and commercial complexes.
Workshop Owner: Nadia Al Sadeq
Description: Nadia uses her creativity in making men's and women's accessories using various types of materials including crystals, gems, precious stones, leather, and beads plated with silver and radium.
Workshop: Al Areesh
Workshop Owner: Adel Khaleel Saleh
Description: Adel Khaleel has dedicated his creativity to the history and culture of Bahrain. Miniature but fascinating items are produced in this workshop of 4 workers. These include traditional doors, windows, ships and baby beds, coffee shop chairs. Moreover, you can also find magnets reflecting Bahraini tradition in cartoon style and bookmarks that would make great souvenirs. Moreover, Adel produces his work by drawing on wood, bronze and aluminum.
Workshop Owner: Mina Daruish
Description: Mina produces carefully hand-made products using ceramic (made by herself from glue and corn flour). Her products represent carefully made flowers, bookmarks and other figures reflecting the Bahraini culture which may be used for decorating homes.
Owner: Ali A. Hussain & Bros.
Description: Using gypsum, Ali A. Hussain and his brothers produce items that reflect the past. Their products vary from old door entrances and windows to some historical sites in the Kingdom, such as Khamis Mosque. These may be used as souvenirs from your trip to Bahrain or custom-made items may be made upon your request for use in residents, mosques, etc. Further, they may be used as gifts or giveaways for companies and other organizations.
Workshop: Drawing on Meena
Workshop Owner: Jameela Ahmed
Description: Jameela makes various products. She draws on glass using inspirations from the local environment. For this she uses tube paint, glass paint and acrylic colours to paint her pieces. Also, she draws on meena, which is a colour substance in the form of glass powder. This is put on bronze under a certain temperature, after which it forms a layer of an attractive colour. This is later used to make simple designs of accessories. Further, Jameela also makes decoupage which is the sticking and drawing on wood, porcelain, pottery, steel and marble.
Workshop Owner: Isa Abdulla Nasser
Description: Isa Abdulla is well-known for making traditional ships (dhows) models (small or big). He produces them with ultimate care paying particular attention to the different parts of the ship no matter how small or how insignificant they appear to be. Additionally, he produces other wooden models including traditional doors and windows. He also produces real-life traditional doors and windows to be used in real houses (he produces these upon request).
Workshop Owner: Khaleel Al Hashimi
Description: Khalil's work is done with extreme care as he produces thre- dimensional sculptures that represent birds and sea creatures from the Bahraini environment. He produces his works in various sizes and uses various materials, such as fiber glass, wood, marble.
Workshop: Al Khuzama
Workshop Owner: Buthaina Fakhro
Description: Buthaina is very interested in the Bahraini environment and culture and so she works on displaying it in an artistic way through printing her pictures of it on tiles and paper. Her pieces may be used to decorate houses or may be bought as a souvenir.
Workshop: Wool Project
Workshop Owner: Ministry of Industry & Commerce with Arabian Club of Diraz
Description: A group of Diraz village girls (a village known from the past for its art of cloth weaving) produce various items ranging from cushions to wall hangings using wool which they produce themselves and naturally (using herbs) or artificially (using chemicals) colour. This procedure is made up of nine steps including separating, washing, combing, categorizing and weaving. The workshop is situated in Diraz but products are on display at the Center's Gallery in Manama.
Further, the Gallery of the Center displays products of craftsmen working at home. These include the following:
Craftsman: Sayed Abdulrahman Al Durazi
Handicraft: Paintings of Natural Scenery
Description: Sayed Abdulrahman deals produces great wood works but with an economic standpoint in mind. He makes use of the leftover wood to produce small designs of local scenery that may be used as souvenirs or to decorate ones home.
Craftsman: Hameed Ali Saleh
Handicraft: Drawing with Sand
Description: Hameed produces amazing paintings using colored sand. These paintings reflect Bahrain's tradition and culture and may be used as a souvenir or to be part of ones own home.
Craftsman: Maryam Mahmood Al Murbati
Description: Maryam makes dolls representing the Bahraini man and woman in a creative way that reflects the Bahraini Tradition. She represents these dolls of women as performing their daily chores while wearing the traditional dress.
Craftsman: Intisar Al Oraifi
Description: Intisar collects the beads and precious stones that she works with from different parts of the world and turns them into amazing pieces of accessories that women use to add glamour to themselves.
Craftsman: Hooreya Huabil Abdulnabi
Description: Hooreya uses her creativity to make various products from crochet. Her products include bags, gift boxes and bags, children dresses, key chains, baby bottle bags, towels and much more.
Craftsmen: Kathem Ali Kathem & Ali Moh'd Abdulrahman
Handicraft: Traditional Chests
Description: In the past, the people of Bahrain and its' neighbouring countries used traditional chests to store personal belongings, such as clothes and gold. These chests made of wood and are decorated with golden metal pieces which adds a lot of glamour to them. Nowadays, these chests are used to decorate the houses. Both Kathem and Ali makes these chests with ultimate care in different sizes to be used as decorative items or to be presented as gifts.
Craftsman: Ebrahim Al Ammadi
Description: Ebrahim uses various types of materials such as clay, ropes, wax, old coins and shells to create his products. Further, he engraves on stones and clay to make delicate designs on products such as vases and painting that may be used to decorate homes.