• The indigo dye

    Jun 2, 2017

    The indigo dye had a big influence on port cities of the Arabian Gulf. Indigo shipments, coming from India and heading to the rest of the world, frequented the region. This gave birth to the use of the dye in fabrics ranging from attire to household linen. People would usually dye their clothes and not wear very bright colours to hide its dusty or dirty appearance. A variety of dyes were used and indigo was one of them. In the picture, a lady can be seen dyeing fabric with the indigo dye.

  • Dhows

    Dec 24, 2016

    Despite the attachment of dhows to Arab traders, numerous scholars believe that dhows are essentially Indian in origin. Constructed largely from wood supplied from India, it originated between 600 BC - 600 AD.

    Dubai circa 1950

  • Sadu

    Dec 23, 2016

    Sadu, linguistically signifies all that is woven in a horizontal manner. Traditionally, the Sadu weaving process involved wooden pieces that held together vertical ropes of the underlying material over which patterns were woven horizontally using a sharp object usually made from a deer's antlers/horns. The Sadu fabric was used for the Arabic tent (also known as Khaima) and was believed to help in providing a good shade during desert afternoons and also trap warmth in the tent for cold desert nights. Material is made from woven camel/goat hair with geometric patterns representing objects and meanings. Colours are often bright and bold using orange, blue, black and white. It is a technique that has been used in the Arabian peninsula for hundreds of years.

  • Hijri calendar

    Oct 2, 2016

    The Hijri calendar is an Islamic lunar calendar that consists of 12 months and 354-355 days. Although the lunar months existed pre-Islamic times, the reference point for the years was introduced after the prophet Muhammad's decease. The reference year was decided in the Era of the Caliph Umar ibn Alkhattab to be the year of the migration of early Muslims from Makkah to Yathrib (known as the Hijra). Year 1 Hijri is believed to be 622AD in the Gregorian calendar.

    Although the Hijra was performed in the months of Rabi Al Awwal / Safar, it was recommended by Uthman ibn Affan to continue using the established system of the Arabs to begin the year with the 1st of Muharram. This is an example of the practicality demonstrated by the early Muslims who were the most knowledgeable in terms of religion.

    The Lunar Months of the Hijri Calendar are:

    1. Muharram
    2. Safar
    3. Rabi' Al Awwal
    4. Rabi' Al Thani
    5. Jumada Al Oula
    6. Jumada Al Akhera
    7. Rajab
    8. Sha'aban
    9. Ramadan
    10. Shawwal
    11. Thul Qa'adah
    12. Thul Hijjah
  • Year of production

    Sep 28, 2016

    Tamashee introduces the Hijri calendar as its signature on every right pair of its footwear in reference to the lunar calendar year of production

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  • Architecture/urbanism

    Sep 22, 2016

    There was a unique urban and architectural typology that formed around the coastal areas of the Arabian Gulf. Narrow pathways were built to maintain insulation and allow a breeze to flow to inner parts of the neighborhood. Coral, lime, palm fronds, and wind towers were some of the materials and techniques to help adapt to the hot weather conditions of the Arabian Gulf.

    Kuwait circa 1950

  • Kiswa

    Sep 20, 2016

    The Kiswa (cloth that covers the Kaaba in Makkah) is draped annually on the 9th day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijjah, the day pilgrims leave for the plains of Mount Arafat during the Hajj. From the late 12th century AD, the Kiswa was manufactured in Egypt, with material sourced locally as well as from Sudan, India, and Iraq. The Kiswa would be transported annually from Egypt to Makkah under the Mamluk and Ottoman sultans hence influencing its craft. The tradition continued until 1927, when its manufacture was moved to Saudi Arabia.

    Circa late 19th/ early 20th century

  • Kurar

    Sep 15, 2016

    Kurar embroidery consists of delicate gold and silver threads regionally known as zari as well as fine silk threads regionally known as breesam. This type of embroidery is usually performed by hand to adorn clothing. The work of kurar embroidery requires team effort and the width of the embroidery is a direct result of the number of women involved in the process. The group of ladies working on it usually have roles. The Qataba is the focal point of the process who guides the direction of embroidery and its attachment on garments. Her team members usually sit opposite from her whilst holding and weaving many threads at the same time. The process is tedious and requires patience and significant time to complete.This is an example of how Tamashee redefines historical components of traditional attire whilst maintaining their form or function in contemporary contexts. Here you see metal rings used to hold the khanjar or waist dagger of Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan in place. These rings can be seen in Tamashee footwear which replace the traditional leather rings found in older Arabian Gulf footwear. Tamashee repurposes the past with context that surpasses the typical emerging trends.

  • Floral pattern

    Sep 5, 2016

    Floral Pattern

    Tamashee is not a regular footwear brand. Through the brand, we seek to learn more about the uniqueness and diversity of the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. We seek to create contemporary redefinitions of past elements while documenting their origins and meanings. This picture reflects a floral pattern that Tamashee was inspired to use in some of its collection.

    You can find some of these inspired elements in one of our women design Tapestry
  • Hofuf airport

    Aug 31, 2016

    1948

    Buildings were inspired by traditional forms of naqsh that were translated onto the facade of different structures such as houses or large buildings owned by merchants. Different parts of the Peninsula had similarities in structure, but a set of unique differences giving each area a unique beautiful feel. Don't forget to spot the men wearing their traditional Arabian Gulf Sandal.

    Photo credit: Hassan Al Hamrani

  • Metal rings

    Aug 2, 2016

    This is an example of how Tamashee redefines historical components of traditional attire whilst maintaining their form or function in contemporary contexts. Here you see metal rings used to hold the khanjar or waist daggers in place. These rings can be seen in Tamashee footwear which replace the traditional leather rings found in older Arabian Gulf footwear.

    You can find some of these components redefined in our women design W|Black

  • Astronomy

    Jul 5, 2016

    A picture of Dr. Saleh Al Ojairi, born in 1920 in Kuwait. Dr. Al Ojairi is a respected Astronomer and was inspired to learn about the stars when his father sent him to live amongst beduins and benefit from their knowledge. He then got a formal education in the field of Astronomy in Egypt. In the early 70s, he established the first observatory in Kuwait using his personal funds. The study of the Sun, the Moon, and the stars is something Muslim scholars excelled at for reasons relating to religious practices and geography. One of the greatest Islamic astronomers from the 9th century is Alkhawarizmi. Alkhawarizmi's work created the bases of the early world map and contributed to modern day algebra and algorithms which are named after him.

  • Algat

    Nov 27, 2015

    This is a picture of the late Fatima Abou Gahas from the Asir province of Saudi Arabia. She was one of the last self-taught artists who pioneered the art of Algat (القط). She passed away in 2010 surpassing 90 years of age.Fatima Abou Gahas was one of the last true artists that dedicated her life to such art through creating murals of intricate shapes determined by symbolic framework. The murals mainly depict geometric patterns to create a narrative reflecting their lives and experiences. These patterns also denote the landscape, the plants, and animals of the region.