A handcraft dating back to ancient civilizations.. the art of modifying and creating designs of silver for everyday life.
With the emergence of the ancient Yemeni civilizations, Ma’in, Saba, Himyar, Yemen abounded in the manufacture of jewelery and silverware, and it is called Al-Lujain in the language of Himyar and Arabs. Yemeni silver has gained Arab and international fame widely due to its beauty and accuracy of manufacture. Silver crafting is considered one of the original handcraft industries that reflect the civilized face of the country.
Shapes and motifs vary between geometric and jewelery. In every region in Yemen we find a special character in the manufacture of these silver pieces, between women’s necklaces, girls’ bracelets and youth rings. In addition to swords, janabi, daggers and lanterns.
Jewelry making begins by melting silver into a liquid that is poured into molds that are resistant to extreme temperatures, after which it is cooled by placing the mold on a surface of cold water to cool and agglomerate. After being hammered, it is formed as a wide and thin plate, which is cut and shaped according to the last desired shape.
The Jews of Yemen were among those who were famous for their craftsmanship in producing silver artifacts in the Arabian Peninsula between the 18th and the mid-20th centuries. This style was popularized by the use of fine grain and openwork trimmings on women’s bracelets, necklaces and crowns.
“Souq Almelh” is currently one of the most famous silver markets in old Sana’a. It is famous for the manufacture of old Arab rifles decorated with silver, Yemeni swords, and jewelry such as anklets, al-Masab, as well as khakles and boxes decorated with silver.
Photos are taken for Ahmed Fathi