Muscat Festival2011

My favourite part of the festival-embroidery .

The embroidery displayed was from Pakisthan. For the first time I saw zardosi motifs –which can be attached to anything. Only a few pieces were there,but all were exquisite .

zardosi motifs

Some embroidered unstitched tunics were also on display.And a workcot for making zardosi motifs is also seen here.


Women from the Middle east have been commisioning their grand wedding dresses from Pakisthan. The Pakisthani embroidery is very famous.
With this my posts on Muscat festival is over.
Iam happy to share the information about handicraft items from all over the world, which were part of the festival. By writing about them, I was able to go through the experience all over again.

In this section,we saw lamp shades made from camel skin.
This craft is from Pakisthan. The artists have specialized in this art , and have been doing it for generations.there were pictures of works in progress.The pieces are painted in different shapes and lamp are fitted inside each piece.

lamp shades

We enjoyed looking at these beautiful lamp shades.
In India also I have seen   lamp shades  made of animal skin . the patterns used for painting are mythological figures,[inspired by puppetry art of Karnataka-this comes under perfoming arts,there are many families doing it]. Another important feature in this type of art is.- holes are made at uniform intervals, when light passes through the holes , beautiful patterns are formed.
Another craft in next post.

In this there were so many hand painted tiles on display and sale .Dear Hubby was so impressed, kept on clicking!
There were painted trays, pictures, cups, vases.These were also from Syria.
The patterns were so inspiring for me, I don’t mind having these pictures.

Painted tiles, pictures-1

Painted tiles,cups-2

Painted tiles,trays-3

painted tiles,trays-4

painted tiles.coasters-5

painted tiles,vases-6

If  I use the same colour combinations  and embroider on a white tunic, will I also look like a tile?

We are both heavy- idea considered and postponed for another time!

A few more of handicrafts…

Here the art of mosaic was done with cut stones.
We were able to watch the artist doing this on a large floral drawing.
Different coloured stones are chosen for the whole picture.
The artist chooses the colour for each and every boundry.then according to the space available with utmost concentration, cuts the stone[requiring lots of strength] and positions it to see the effect ,then applies white glue, then sticks the stone there.
It was very interesting to watch the whole process. For the first time I was able to see a mosaic being created.

stone mosaic-1

stone mosaic-2

stone mosaic-3

stone mosaic-4

stone mosaic-5

stone mosaic-6

A few more handicrafts are awaiting in the “Q”

Another stall had accessories made in cross stitch, there were no stitchers ,just these pieces for sale. I remember these were from Syria.
I bought two purses, but I couldn’t buy the shoes[all those embroidery, to be worn on feet? ]
I loved the patterns on these pieces.
Though , had seen a few on the internet,this was first time I actually saw these pieces.
We get many embroidered accessories from North India, but the work is different,The patterns are big and bold and the embroidery done in primary colours. Some good zardosi purses are also available,.

Now for the pictures-

cross stitch purses

Cross stitch footwear

Some more handicrafts are still there.

One of the stalls in the Muscat festival had squares pieces made in cross stitch. I had an opportunity to see the artist working on a piece.
That is another important aspect of this festival, where we can see the artists working with their creations.
The squares are even weave cloth in light or black colours, the designs are [as far as I could see] were textile patterns or background patterns. The squares are then stitched as cushions or framed as pictures. The patterns were beautiful and very intricate. It would take a long time to complete on square. I was amazed at the patience of the stitcher.
Have a look at the picture-

Cross stitch squares

I did not take any close-ups, to respect the stitcher.  As  seen,  some large embroidered wall hangings were also on display.

More posts on handicrafts….

I have been posting pictures of handicrafts from the Muscat festival.
Today ,It is about woven rugs,the country from these are shown is not known to me.
The colours were vivid. A model handloom was also there. A weaver was also demonstrating the process.

Woven rug-1

woven rug-2

woven rug-3

More handicrafts on next post.

We took some pictures at the Muscat festival 2011.the festival is full of handicrafts from many countries.
A common dress code of the middle eastern women is a full length gown. The patterns, the embellishments vary from region to region.
This is one such pattern, where the yoke is done in cross stitch .

Cross stitch yoke - muscat festival

More handicrafts in next post..

I am listing some of the handicraft pieces from other countries that are sold in Muscat festival.
The following pieces are made with metallic thread ,similar to the ones we use for embroidery.
First the pattern to be worked is drawn on black felt cloth,
Then the artist, with the help of delicate forseps[looks like tweezers]places the thread in the shape he wants, the laying, the twisting are made with the help of forceps and scissors,he must have glued the surface he was working ,.before he started laying the thread.
These are only my deductions because of two reasons-
the artist was quiet busy with his work,
and we did not speak the same language. Communicating could have interfered with his work.

Metallic thread work-1

Metal thread work-2

Metal thread work-3

The name of the artist’s country is not very clear to me,maybe because it was written in Arabic.

More handicrafts in the next post

Every year ,we have a festival in this country-Sultanate of Oman,which is generally during winter[when it is cooler to move around outside] coinciding with the Dubai festival.
.Muscat celebrates its festival with festivities, international shows, Like carnival.-But on a low key.
The parks are filled with traditional Omani souks[markets],Goodies and handicraft items from other countries.
My interest was the handicraft items from other countries-Russia,Palestine,Syria,Morrocco,Lebanon,Pakisthan,-to name a few.
This post it is the Russian Dolls,I forgot the name,starts with ‘m’-Russian version of ‘Mary’.they Are so beautiful-.

Russian dolls-1

Russian dolls-2

Russian dolls-3

Russian dolls-4

Rusian dolls-5

Russian dolls-6

Generally,when I visit these festivals,I forget to take pictures, but this time Hubby  took care of that.This gave me an idea to post pictures on my blog.
More handicrafts in my next post.