Wed, 12 October 2022
The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities have inaugurated the "House of Baskets" in the village of Al Qalaa, in the presence of Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, head of the authority, and the presence of representatives of the local community and those interested in cultural affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The House of Baskets is located in the village of Al Qalaa, near the site of Qal'at Al Bahrain, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and is dedicated to promoting the basketry craft centered in the village of Karbabad.
The house project, which was completed this year, comes within the plan of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities to develop the Citadel area.
On this occasion, the President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities stressed the importance of Bahraini traditional crafts and creative industries in supporting plans and projects to advance the local community and promote Bahrain’s cultural and civilizational position, noting that the House of Basils will play its role in preserving and preserving one of the important crafts in the Kingdom, and thanked all parties that She contributed to the success of the project, appreciating the cooperation of the local community in the Citadel area.
The House of Baskets will serve as a headquarters for the craft of making baskets, hosting professionals and craftsmen and offering many training programs and workshops for the sustainability of the craft.
It is worth noting that the House of Basils is the house of Hajj Salman, where the commission worked on restoring the house and restoring its distinctive urban features.
The project complements the success of the Kingdom of Bahrain by including the file “The Palm: Knowledge, Skills, Traditions and Practices” on the UNESCO List of Intangible World Heritage for Humanity. Basic.
The craft of making baskets is one of the Bahraini handicrafts inherited through generations. It is spread in areas where palm trees are abundant, such as the villages of northern Bahrain, the villages of the western coast and the villages north of Muharraq Island. However, it is concentrated in the village of Karbabad.
Women and men share this craft, where the wicker is draped by women’s hands, while the men, the basket makers, bend and bend the “weave” to weave two- or three-dimensional products that meet the daily needs of the Bahraini family.