#5 Bahraini Handicrafts
Generations of local artisans have carried traditions forward known only to be unique to Bahrain. From textiles to weaving, from woodwork to pottery – these crafts are the symbol of Bahrain and represent a niche of artistic brilliance kept alive to this day.
Bani Jamra Textile Factory
The craft of weaving has been passed on in Bahrain from generation to generation for over 3,000 years. The small village of Bani Jamra is known for its textile heritage and traditional fabric weaving. With aims to keep traditional practices alive, the Bani Jamra Textile Factory or Naseej Factory has been built in the heart of the village, resembling the old-fashioned ‘barasti’ themed roofed structure made for spinning and weaving.
Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre
Get a glimpse into traditional Bahraini history by taking part in traditional pottery making, cloth weaving, woodworking, basket weaving, and sadow making at the Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre. The centre hosts special workshops and intensive programmes for those interested to learn the different aspects of Bahraini art, culture, and crafts.
This article is part of an ongoing series – 51 Great Things About Bahrain as a tribute to the Kingdom’s 51st National Day. Read more in this special edition.