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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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Watch: Oud Making

A master craftsman and player, Nazi Ghaban has been making ouds for over 40 years. We visited his workshop to hear him play and learn more.

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Warriors Dance in Riyadh

Cut from the same cloth as Bedouin war rituals, Saudi Arabia's ardha remains a dance of king and kin.

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Jeddah’s Historical Al Balad Neighbourhood

Saudi Arabia is home to one of the world’s most precious architectural gems, built with coral and hand carved wood.

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Watch: Janbiya Dagger Making in Najran, Saudi Arabia

Worn as proud adornments, janbiya daggers are a rite of passage in Saudi Arabia’s Najran.

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Watch: Date Harvest in Najran

Completing the traditional date harvest with the least amount of technology ensures the craft of the harvest with time.

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Palm Leaf Weaving in Jeddah

"These days few youth know how to do it, so we are trying to revive it." In Jeddah, artisans turn a traditional craft into contemporary designs.

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