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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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Pearl Diving in Kuwait

Kuwait ethnomusicologist Ghaz Al-Mulaifi reveals the pearls and music gems beneath the surface of the Arabian Gulf.

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Maison Francis Papazian

Time stands still with the last watchmakers of Cairo.

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The Bullfighters of Oman

Explore Jake Salyers' documentation of the centuries-old sport: bullfighting.

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Last Keffiyeh Factory in Palestine

In Hebron, one family is keeping Palestine’s keffiyeh production in check.

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Agal Making in Riyadh

In the heart of Riyadh, craftsmen form the essential element to the Gulf region’s national headdress. It might seem trivial, but the black agal has an essential function – keeping Gulf men’s headdress perfectly in place.

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Flower Binding in Abha

In the mountains of southern Saudi Arabia, men decorate their hair with flower garlands and sweet-smelling herbs.

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