Saturday, January 15, 2011

Fabric Source: for Omani Traditional Dress

I have FINALLY FOUND plain cotton and linen fabrics. Yay!

Also, homespun, and rough dupoine silk.

[In Oman they really, really love florals and leopard prints, and colourful splotches].


On the other side from Saabco in Al Qurum, not the Al Araimi mall, but down, past the Omani Craft's house [I want to buy a model Dhow for my father and a rifle belt for my husband], and the bookstore (I WANT the book on traditional Omani folktales and the one on regional silvercrafts] is another mall, whose name eludes me, on the floor up the escalators from the jewelry store [with the giant gold horse and eagle scultures] wherein said fabrics are.

Tailors in Mutrah and Barka, here I come, armed with my latest designs for Omani daywear:)

And wouldn't the dresses look so cute embellished with textiles from the Oman Craft whatever it's real name is store? :)

BTW, the prices in this store ARE actually VERY decent for Oman, because the craftsman are supported by the government, and sometimes the bookstore has a featured book where a portion of the profits go to Dar Al Atta (the charity) soooooo, if supporting local artisans (and getting genuine Omani not foreigner labour) and helping charities a little is for you, this area in Oman is ACTUALLY an OPNO shopping pic. Especially for souvenirs of visitors and friends who CANNOT for the LIFE OF THEM BARTER and reading anything about Oman.


Lamya said...

lol. barter :D

Anonymous said...

Do you mean the same building adjacent from sabco?

I'm totally confused with your directions!!!

♥ααℓiα♥ said...

Salaam Pix,

Knowing you, I am sure you will create something very interesting and I can't wait to see it inshaaAllah <3

MaryAnn said...

AsSalaam Alaikum,

I saw this post last month when you first posted it but never got around to writing a comment. :)

Is this the traditional cloth that has a matching lighter cloth for a house shaylah? (hope that makes sense)

Everytime my SIL goes to Oman she buys these as presents.

I would love to get my hands on some if it is the same. I can't find those here in the UAE.

(Aalia knows me if you would be willing to send me some to buy from you).