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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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Sadu Weaving in Kuwait

In the Kuwait home of master craftswomen Um Fayez, the loom takes central place.

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Bahrain’s Sanadeeg Mubayata Chests

A Bahraini chest maker keeps one of the Arabian Gulf archipelago’s proudest crafts alive.

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Nabatean Pottery in Jordan

In Petra, artisans create earthenware with raw material from the surroundings – just like Nabatean craftspeople did millennia ago.

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Talli Embroidery in the UAE

In a small crafts centre, just off the eastern coast of the UAE, artisans explore new ways of refining talli, the traditional Emirati embroidery.

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Wadi Musa in Jordan

In the villages surrounding Petra, water still flows through ancient channels and waterways.

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Al-Khayamiya, Cairo's Tentmaking Street

Through centuries, the artisans of Al-Khayamiya in Islamic Cairo have continued to develop their trade, without giving up its traditions.

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