Traditional craft skills and arts of Al-Mudhif buildingIraq
Representative List 2023
EN: The photo shows the interface of mudhif associated with Sumerians goddess with reed-bundle curvature or reed-bend for Inanna which refers to feminity and two columns for Dmozy which refers to masculinity.
EN: The process of preparing the Shabaa (huge bundle of reed) by a group of clan members; this is a main stage in the construction of mudhif.
EN: Participation of a large number of workers and clan members to insert the Shabaa into the hole which was previously dug because this process requires skill, efforts and patience.
EN: The photo shows the process of tying one of the Shebaab to another parallel to it by ropes in order to form a row of arches which is the basic structure of Al-Mudhif building.
EN: A Marshlands' woman is knitting a Buris (mats) with a fantastic professional skill. This profession is inherited from parents and grandfathers. It is used to cover the roof and other parts of mudhif.
EN: The photo shows the Hatirs (pre-prepared packages of reed usually linked horizontally from the mudhif's entrance to its end). At the same time the photo shows the Mesh which are ornament ventilations at both sides of the mudhif.
EN: The interface of the mudhif at the back side which is decorated with wonderful geometrical shapes and which has three entrances.
EN: One of the mudhif's interfaces before they are cut to form the entrances.
EN: A group of tribe members from different edges who exchange conversations, news and information. In addition, there is a coffee stove in the middle which is used to serve coffee to the visitors.
EN: The photo shows the inside of the mudhif which is composed of a row of arches before furnishing it with rugs, Arabic or Iraqi manual carpets.