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    Do you know the difference between different types of thobes?

    Thoub al-mufahah is made out of silk pieces of different colours. The pieces are rectangular and placed next to each other horizontally and vertically. The pieces are sewn together with silk embroidery, and there is very elaborate embroidery at the neckline and cuffs.



    Thoub al-Nashel is a silk dress, made only of one colour (usually green, red or purple). This is a bridal thobe, but it is also worn at other very festive occasions. What makes the thobe exquisite is the elaborate embroidery.

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    I didn't know that; how fascinating!

    I often come across silk garments at second hand stores and occasionally buy them for the silk. As a result, I have a stock pile of varied amounts of different silk. Now I have a new project in mind for all that miscellaneous silk. Thanks, Safran!!!!
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    Ooh, do share pictures when the project happens!

    I think I will go the easy way and check out the souk some time this week... I'm bound to find some of those thobes there

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    If we had a souk somewhere between the Werner Wildlife Museum and the YMCA, I'd be in heaven!
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    The Muraddah Dance

    On the first afternoon after ramadan, women of all ages gather to courtyards to celebrate. They dress up for that, wear their best perfumes and jewellery. They hold hands and form to rows facing each other. The sing and stomp their feet while moving forward and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Safran View Post


    Here goes... It appears that Bahrein is know for exquisite embroidery. Traditionally they would use gold thread (zari), silver thread (khoos), cotton and silk. And looking at the traditional clothes, to me it seems that Bahreinis love-love-love colours and decorations in general.



    Nakdeh is using the thick gold or silver thread to embroid motifs used on women's garments.



    Toor is kind of a cross-stitch, made with silk thread. It would come in different colours, but blue was preferred. Toor was used on women's summer clothes, which were made of cotton, but also on the men's headdress ghutra.



    The ghutra was also decorated with fringe or tassles of cotton and silk.

    That example with the black cloth looks like a piece of assuit. Is it related/are they different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanne View Post
    That example with the black cloth looks like a piece of assuit. Is it related/are they different?
    I was actually thinking the same thing... It looks very much like Assuit, I guess it is just called with a different name here

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    Default Kurar embroidery

    Kurar is an old embroidery technique typical to Muharraq, a municipality in the North of Bahrain. It requires at least 2 people working on one garment at the same time: it is usually 2-3 women weaving the golden thread into a ribbon while the head woman embroiders it onto the garments at the same time.

    The Kurar House is a project that keeps this old tradition alive. It is a renovated townhouse, where older ladies actually gather on a few mornings of the week to do the embroidery. Unfortunately I missed the ladies, as they are on a holiday now. But I did get to take photos (with my phone, so pardon the fuzziness


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    Wow. Just WOW! (And she hurries off to look up more information online.) Thanks so much for these glimpses of Bahrain's embroidery, Safran.
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    "Wow. Just WOW!" was exactly my reaction, too!

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