Vintage Dhow

DSC_0331This run down fishing dhow lies at the Muharraq coast, perhaps reminiscing on the days when it proudly ruled the seas off Bahrain. Most fishing is now done on modern boats and dhows made of steel, aluminium and fibre. Some traditional wood and straw vessels are still afloat but these are mostly used for ceremonial occasions and for visiting tourists to see and experience. Craftsmen who created these masterpieces with their bare hands failed to pass on their skills not because they did not want to but because modern technology took over their trade.

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