Herf AlDeyar school of handicrafts

I recently visited Herf AlDeyar school of handicrafts in Muharraq
I want to share some photos of this amazing place which is part of Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed cultural centre in Muharraq.
The entrance
Natural Light
I Loved the handmade lights
The school was open last year.
Photo copyright: Rasha Yousif
Here is some info about the school
Handicrafts are expressions of creative minds manifested in metal beating, sculpture or carving. Through them, a stone is turned into a sculpture, a chunk of copper into a marvelous masterpiece. This creativity is a continuation of the human arts and civilizations, the remains of which are still seen in today’s world. Each civilization has its unique character. Together, civilizations are integral parts
of humanity itself. These masterpieces, Western or Eastern, are joined in a universal mixture… This is the very essence of the Al Diyar Project.
The history of handicrafts and traditional arts is majestic and unique in the world of arts. Spirituality had a direct impact on people’s psyches, the thing that made them excel in creating great innovations of various traditional arts. Handicrafts and Islamic arts, for example, manifested themselves at first in calligraphy with which the verses of Holy Koran were written, and in the arts of various industries and architecture. Islamic art is seen to be stemming from firm spiritual principles that are associated with human life fundamentals that are the same for makers and users. In Islamic arts, handcrafters are inspired by sublime spirituality in the metaphysical world, which they transform with their hands into magnificent works of art that nullifies the difference between art and profession, and aesthetics and utility.
Traditional crafts are the origin of modern industries, the latter have evolved as a development of those crafts, which met the requirements of daily life and were used in various aspects, adding an aesthetic touch to all its products, like:
  • Saddle covers as they were decorated and ornamented with various materials to produce a piece of art that adds beauty and magnificence to those saddles.
  • Casseroles and pots that were made of decorated or Marquette metal or ornamented pottery.
    • Free Hand Training.
    • Introduction to Traditional Arts.
    • 3D Designing Training.
    • Introduction to Pottery & Ceramics.
    • Creative Thinking Training.
    • Adobe Photoshop Training.
    • Web Designing Training.
    • Computer Using Training.
    • Jewelry Making Training
    For more details please visit their website:
    or Sh. Ebrahim bim Mohammed Centre’s website
    In addition to many other examples, as it brings back the memory of those days whose beauty can be sensed through the nature of those tools used by our ancestors in their daily lives, as if they refused but to utilize objects that are in themselves pieces of arts.
    Today, however, there is a great concern that such handicrafts and arts could perish and become oblivion in many aspects. In fact, competition at local markets, scarcity of professional craftsmen, and the lack of interest in studying and developing them have all become serious threats that need to be dealt with. This requires raising the awareness of Arabs and Muslims to revive such arts and give them more attention. As it has always been the link between the spiritual and material worlds that helps understand abstract truths on one hand and serves the materialistic and spiritual needs of humans on the other.
    This was the idea behind establishing Heraf Al Diyar , to teach crafts and Traditional arts in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bahrain, known for its honorable lineage and civilization for ages, remembering its role in disseminating Arabic and Islamic culture and developing arts and Traditional crafts takes the initiative in creating a pioneer project that urges its local and Arabs to revive their own cultural Traditional arts before they become forgotten and oblivion. The idea has been to revive old centers that had the honor of taking initiative in disseminating culture and civilization so it can re-instill life in it to become a beacon of arts and traditional crafts that will restore our majestic sense of appreciating the beauty of our heritage and religious originality. At these centers, theoretical ideological and philosophical aspects are taught to link crafts and craftsmen with the spirituality and fundamentals of such crafts, in addition to the practical and pragmatic aspects that are based on the technicalities of the craft. They also redraft a dear history we prided ourselves in for so long until we were distracted with the age requirements and so we neglected and disregarded it. Thus, our arts and Traditional crafts are becoming instinct, one after the other and the remnant craftsmen find no successors to whom they can pass their philosophy, art, and craftsmanship in order to maintain the legacy of their ancestors. In addition, use it as an inspiration and a heritage that communicates with human psyche in a language that combines material beauty with the principles of Islamic spirituality in artistic aesthetic molds, transcending both makers and owners, and linking their spiritual and physical worlds.
    Reviving the forgotten world of arts, Traditional and Islamic crafts and their architectural designs and urging Arabs and Muslims to maintain their heritage, legacy, and culture and restoring its prominence among the world’s cultures and civilizations.
    Through Heraf Al Diyar for Teaching crafts and Traditional arts we aim to establish a unique center whereby trainees explore their talents and acquire knowledge and skills needed to revive and restore the forgotten prominence of arts and Islamic Traditional crafts.
    Strategic Goals
    The main objective of Heraf Al Diyar for Teaching Crafts and Traditional Arts‌ inBahrain is to serve the Arabic and Islamic community by transferring the knowledge, the know-how and advanced services in Islamic arts and developing the related skills ,through:
    Developing a staff of craftsmen and masters of crafts and Traditional arts, and building their capacities through organizing a training course. At the end of it, they are granted a degree in crafts and Traditional arts, as a first step on the path of mastering a specific craft in which they will be granted the craft certificate.
    Raising the local and regional communities awareness of crafts and Traditional and Islamic arts by way of holding short specialized trainings.
    Conducting research and studies in different aspects of crafts , Islamic and Traditional arts, and the Bahraini social heritage and culture; in addition to encouraging independent scholarly and individual initiatives among the trainees during the learning and educational process.
    Maintaining social legacies and culture and disseminating it, and promoting the international interest in crafts and Traditional Islamic arts in addition to reviving the handicrafts that Arab and Islamic art was well known for.
    • Documenting such crafts academically including their tools, materials, methods of treatment, and their designs on a scientific basis that is collected from professionals and studies conducted by academics on the same topic.
    • Coming up, through teachers and learners, with a significant product whose design, material, and implementation technique originate in Islamic art and Traditional arts.
    • Issuing specialized publications, scientific reports, studies and research.
    • Providing media coverage for the center’s programs and activities.
    • Holding regular and constant exhibitions to display products implemented by Heraf Al Diyar to the public and organizing open visits for those interested in the school’s activity.
    • Taking part in international, regional and local conferences and exhibitions, and organizing conferences that are held within the scope of the center in collaboration with national and international institutions from the same field.
    • Achieving a scale of production by trainees and trainers, the models of which have been documented and whose design ratios correspond to those in Islamic Design references.
    • Publishing and Translating manuscripts and old books on crafts and Traditional arts, and following up the published work in this field.
    • Improve the performance of craftsmen working in such crafts outside Heraf Al Diyar, through holding short trainings to study the craft in order to improve Traditional crafts in the market.
    • Encouraging students to take part in different activities, exhibitions and workshops that are related to Traditional arts and are held in their local , regional and international communities.
    • Using alternative materials, in producing products with the same quality and characteristics of the Islamic design.
    • Building strategic partnerships with international, regional and national schools and institutes that specialize in crafts and Traditional arts.