Sadhew Weaving in Qatar
A Traditional Qatari Handicraft
Sadhew weaving is a traditional Bedouin craft in which strands of camel, goat or sheep hair is wrapped around a nool or spindle: a small wooden instrument held in the hand. The nool is used to spin the wool round until it becomes a thread, which is then wrapped around the bottom of the nool. .
The wool is then died with traditional red and black colours. Traditional Bedu designs would have no border - the designs would run to the edge of the cloth to represent the infinite nature of the desert.
Although traditional dies made from local organic materials are still sometimes used, modern commercial dies produce a much stronger colour. Using a loom, the wool can be woven into carpets, tents and cushions and other items.