Visit the Al Ain Palace Museum this summer and take part in a handicrafts workshop as part of a series presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism with the aim to preserve and promote these traditions that have been passed down generations and are essential to Emirati culture. Photographer Reem Mohammed of The National stopped by to watch as local women Umm Mohammed Al Mazroui, Umm Rashed and Umm Mohammed Al Kaabi taught the classes.
Participants learned telli, which is embroidery with metallic threads for the edging on dresses; khoos palm frond-weaving, for creating decorations and household items such as brooms, fans and mats; sadu weaving from goat and camel wool, to create the cloth used in shelters and tents.
While you are at Al Ain Palace Museum, take the time to visit the former residence of Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE, which features original architecture from 1937 as well as artefacts gifted to the museum from the community. Everyone is welcome to attend the classes, which run on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 11am, free, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae