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On a day when gifts are being wrapped ready to snuggle under a tree, I wanted to share this series of photos taken in Qatar a few months ago.  Sher Mohammed from South India had a stand at the Ramada Hotel in Doha where he was making beautiful jewellery out of sealing wax. 

I decided to get a thick lak bangle, top photo, for my daughter.  I chose a black base and a colourful pattern to decorate it.  It was fun watching the artist at work.

Every step was done with so much accuracy and care.  It looked like he had done it all his life.  I liked how he had everything within his reach.  He simply sat on one side of a large table, in front of a fire.  When it took the right shape, Sher polished it a little before applying a final layer of heat treatment to seal in the pattern.  He warned me it is brittle so I carefully packed it and took it to Kuwait. 

Unfortunately, as the title may have suggested to you, as soon as Noor put it on, it fell on the hard tiled floor and smashed into pieces... My favourite part of this story is how she applied the perfect girl-logic and blamed me.  It was my fault that the fragile thing broke.  I was at work when she tried it on, but it was my fault.

Reader Comments (4)

Beautiful close ups :)

December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZuhair

Artisan work should always be promoted! Thats amazing work and talent!

LOL "Girl Logic" I agree with your statement! lol

December 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

That was a sad ending! :) mebe couldve got another pair, just in case!
lovely pictures. have or rather had a few of them, but didnt know how these simple yet artistic steps led to the final product.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

The little G11 is very capable. It keeps proving itself time and again.

I agree. I enjoyed watching him make it.

It was :( HoweverI have a rule for 'sogha' (travel gifts): Trips to local places (Gulf and Middle East) don't count - so this was a special case :) Otherwise I'll be buying gifts twice a week.
The simplicity of the process is what attracted me the most. I could not have imagined it in a thousand years.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBuYousef

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