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Al-Sadu or Sadu, is one of the traditional crafts and embroideries that Emirati women have been practicing since ancient times to fulfil the basic needs of the Bedouin people

Al-Sadu or Sadu, is one of the traditional crafts and embroideries that Emirati women have been practicing since ancient times to fulfil the basic needs of the Bedouin people, nomadic dwellers in the desert, and to provide the raw materials essential for this form of weaving, namely camel fur, goat hair and sheep wool.

Al-Sadu means embroidery, or a traditional form of weaving, which is much like other handicrafts that rely on tools and raw materials in the domestic environment. A traditional practice is the creation of a unique form of housing, known as the Bayt Al-She`r (house of hair), was in the form of a long, low, black tent made of goat haircloth. Furniture is also created in a similar manner, including blankets, carpets, pillows and cushions. They adorn their camels and decorate their saddles and belts, and set them forth in exquisite shapes and colours.

With its diverse designs, decorations, and bright colours, Al-Sadu has created a heritage-based traditional art form in which Emirati creativity is reflected in the most beautiful ways. It is considered one of the handicrafts to have provided the materials needed for the production of soft furnishings and decorative accessories for camels and horses, as well as traditional furnishings.

In addition, it has developed over time to produce traditional products with advanced and innovative techniques and embellishments. Thus the emergence of the significant role played by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, in having Al-Sadu, a tradition in need of preservation, inscribed on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in November 2011.

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