Al Sadu House
This is a beautiful traditional Kuwaiti House which is home to the Al Sadu weaving project.
It is situated directly on Arabian Gulf Street in front of the National Museum of Kuwait, north of the Grand Mosque and there is a car park adjacent, just in front of the museum. (It is a good idea to check opening times and view the two together as they are so close!)
The house itself was built in 1936 based on the Kuwaiti style of architecture with certain Indian- Islamic features exemplified such as the Karachi decorations on the wooden doors and the iron units on the windows. The basic plan incorporated 4 open courtyards- you will see that the house has a nice light and airy feel to it as you walk around. In 1938 the floor was tiled with 'Kashi' tiles brought from Baghdad and since then European style fireplaces have been installed in the rooms of the diwaniya. A covering of cement spray has also been added to the facade of the house giving it a lovely smooth looking exterior.
'Al Sadu' is the term used by the Bedouin to refer to the traditional weaving process. You can walk around the exhibition rooms and learn about the story of weaving and see traditional looms and also the delicate metal work and embroidery which was used to embellish a man's clothing.
The gift shop also displays traditional local artists work inspired by traditional weavings. There are rugs/ wall hangings, bags, wallets and home furnishing items to purchase and the proceeds all go to the local weavers and artisans.
Opening times are 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm Saturday to Thursday.
Telephone 2243 2395
Also, weaving classes and workshops are offered by the weavers and instructors via the Kuwait Textile Arts Association (KTAA).
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