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Designers are being urged by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) to collaborate with local artisans to help create more ‘Made in Bahrain’ products, writes Mai Al-Khatib-Camille.
There are also plans to host workshops for art lovers to join in the fun once it is safe to do so, post the pandemic.
Shaikha Hala bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Baca’s director-general of arts and culture, said: “We are opening the doors for designers and artisans in Bahrain to share with us their proposals on what they’d like to produce in collaboration with the craftsmen at Al Jasra Handicraft Centre.
“And, when the Covid-19 situation is under control, we will introduce workshops conducted by the craftsmen of the centre themselves, with a small fee to cover the cost of materials.
“The audience will be able to learn about the history of the craft, about the materials and equipment used and the basic skills needed to make an object.”
Having launched last December, the ‘Made in Bahrain’ initiative stresses the significance of handicraft products as integral to Bahrain’s identity and culture.
These new lines of products aim to expand the potential audience base, increase interest in Bahraini traditional crafts and raises awareness regionally, locally and globally.
“The proposals will be discussed with a committee of team members and advisors,” added Shouq Al-Alawi, curator and head of visual arts at Baca.
“The products have to be unique and designed by the participants. Bahraini crafts have to be highlighted and collaboration with the craftsmen is highly encouraged.
“We will be in touch with the designers to then workout the best production method and pricing. The designer fee will be included in the price of the item and authorship will be recognised.
“Products can vary from household items to accessories, gift items, souvenirs, beauty products, collectibles, furniture, jewellery, etc.”
‘Made in Bahrain’ was the brainchild of Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Baca president.
People can apply by visiting www.culture.gov.bh.
To find out about ‘Made in Bahrain’ connect via email [email protected] or follow @culture_madeinbahrain on Instagram.