wanderings

Warag Nakheel

We had the pleasure of visiting workshop studio for making palm tree papers "Warag Nakheel" in Manama. 

We were welcomed by two women who were very friendly, they walked us through the whole process of making the paper... Basically, they shred the palm tree leaves, filter the water and fine residues, then they lay them out in fabric screens to dry. 

The result are beautiful, neutral, and naturally-textured papers, with a team of young girls assisting in the workshop, they also provide different colored palm tree papers made with additional natural dyes. 

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It was really nice to see local paper made in our beautiful island... As beige and Teal we are looking forward to experiment with these and perhaps create collaborative ideas. 

 

Let us know if you know any similar places that we can visit in Bahrain =) 

Until then,

Salaam 

Craftsmanship Never Dies

On a recent study trip to Fez, Morocco, we had the pleasure of visiting few workshops and studios of local artisans. In a city where the craftsmanship is alive, we had a "hands-on" experience to do zillig (the traditional geometrical tile-making) and brass embossing, along with eye-opening visits to famous locations in the old city. 

Everyone admires Morocco because of its old-city charm, but what we admire and respect the most is honoring craftsmanship that has been transferred through generations and generations. This constant respect to traditional skills does not mean backward thinking, but it could open windows of opportunities to remain truly loyal to cultural identity, yet utilizing these skills in new products. 

 

 
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Hamza, a young artisan of brass embossing, born and bred in Fez, spoke to us about the artisan scene in the city: "My fear does not concern the artisans, or their skills, but the people who are making and providing the tools for the industry who became very few because most of them passed away. Without tools, artisans cannot function." 

So what about places where there are few artisans too!? We have deep concerns for the craftsmanship in the Arab Gulf, can it still be saved? 

 

Beige and Teal Island

You realise that you chose a relevant name for a brand once it talks to you.  We had a morning walk across souq area and between houses closest to the bay and saw these colors mainly in the clay and wall paint and most of doors, commercial or residential. 

Beige and teal doesnt just reflect muharraq in its beauty, but also creativity through modesty.

We can't help but fall more in love with these colors whenever and wherever we see them! 

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Farewell… Ramadhan

 

Here we are in the month of Shawwal, and like everyone else who had been fasting few weeks ago we’d say “Ramadhan passed so quickly”! 

In the blessed month, Beige and Teal has been in search for what makes the atmospheres special in Ramadhan… 

Aside from people focusing more on inner peace and self-reflection, 

we loved how neighborhoods suddenly lit up during Ramadhan… 

People hang their lanterns at their doors, 

Although they disappeared now but some neighbors still put up tents for social gatherings… 

And most importantly, people walk at dawn with “musahhir” to wake people for Suhoor and Fajr prayer.

During the last few days of Ramadhan, this activity called “weda’” (Arabic translation of farewell) 

where people walk with drums, reciting poetry, slowly walking through the neighborhood… 

With its bitter-sweet effect, sad but beautiful, people bid this holy month farewell… and peace… 

 

Below are some shots of this experience… 

We hope that you made most of Ramadhan and may you witness it with ever most joy next year and many years to come…