I recieved an E-mail from the Sadu House that they are conducting workshops for traditional Kuwaiti weaving skills for adults and children starting November 19.
This is a great for preserving Kuwait’s heritage and for expats who wish to learn old Kuwaiti crafts. Read about my visit to Sadu House here
Address: Arabian Gulf Street , next to The National Museum of Kuwait.
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We paid a little visit to Beit Al Sadu, translates as House of Traditional Weaving, The term “Sadu” is an old Kuwaiti word for “Weaving Process” which was an old craft in Kuwait.
I like to visit traditional places, or whats left of them, to connect to the old Kuwait and to promote our heritage and help younger generations and expatriates get an idea of Kuwait’s past.
The story’s behind Beit Al Sadu is quite interesting; It was built in 1936 by Yousef Al Marzouk, he built it with stone using concrete to reinforce its structure – the first such house in Kuwait – and was constructed by Rashid Al Banai.
Stepping inside, I could sense the old past, I saw four open courtyards (Housh), luckily the house was bought by Kuwaiti government in 1976 and preserved since then. I noticed the Indian style decorations such as doors and windows.
In 1978, the house was used for the weaving project; a private initiative by group of Kuwaitis to preserve the art of weaving.
I saw many traditional customs made by the weaving, there were two types of weaving in Kuwait; The nomadic Bedouin which was carried by a women, and the Urban which was made by Men.
The woven items such as the tent and its colorful dividers, storage bags, animal trappings, and horizontal ground loom. Urban weaving used for bisht (man’s cloak) and woman caftans.
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