Crafts in Abu Dhabi are primarily defined by traditional handicrafts that have been a big lure for buyers and sellers alike. The city is home to a number of handicrafts centers that are meant for production and promotion of local crafts in Abu Dhabi.
Crafts of Abu Dhabi
Unstinted progression in the culture of Abu Dhabi can be vividly seen in the development of art forms in the city. Even though very few Emirati artistes have made a mark on the international scene, things are surely improving for the better. In fact, women of Abu Dhabi are leading the bandwagon in marching towards global fame. The most popular form of craft in Abu Dhabi is the Sado - art of wool/cotton weaving. This handwork item is quite popular amongst tourists. In fact, it is one of the best buys during shopping in Abu Dhabi.
Teli is another well-known local craft in Abu Dhabi. It is basically the Arab-style embroidery that adorns women's clothes in this city. Hordes of women from the Middle Eastern region undertake tours of Abu Dhabi primarily to shop for beautiful telis. The weaving of palm tree fronds is also a popular craft in Abu Dhabi. These weaving skills are used to make beautiful baskets and bags.
The Women's Handicrafts Center, one of the prime attraction of Abu Dhabi, is the leading producer and retailer of handicrafts in the city. Owned and managed by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach), this center has played a big role in the global promotion of crafts in Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation also has a separate counter selling Emirati handicrafts. The administrators are helping local craftsmen in making a mark on a global platform. Huge investments have been made in organizing workshops, seminars, exhibitions, etc that'll help encourage crafts in Abu Dhabi.
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