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Atharna x Brownbook

Our collaboration with Brownbook enables us to dive deeper into the worlds of heritage, craft and culture and present you with a range of archive and exclusive features to broaden your  knowledge and open your perspective to the great diversity of the Middle East. 

The Atharna x Brownbook collaboration emerged from a place of shared ideals and the belief  that a new narrative needs to be told about the culture and heritage of the Middle East. We are so honoured to work with people who embody the same values as we do and hope that you find the fruit of our collaboration as insightful and interesting as we do.

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Mother-of-Pearl in Bethlehem

With precision and attention to detail, Bethlehem’s nacre artisans carve religious relics from oyster shells, a craft that has become synonymous with the city.

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Balian Tiles in East Jerusalem

Starting with a handful of Armenian families who came to Palestine in the early 20th century, hand-painted ceramic tiles are now a rooted craft tradition.

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Juma Al Majid Centre

In the bustle of modern Dubai, age-old books and manuscripts are carefully being brought back to life

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Soap Making in Palestine

The Tuqan family in Nablus make locally sourced olive oil soap, using a recipe that dates back nearly 150 years

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Dhow Building in Oman

In the coastal city of Sur, wooden boat builders preserve Oman’s maritime heritage

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Lebanon’s Oud Makers

Some of the Middle East’s finest classical string instruments are crafted in small Lebanese workshops

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