With each new season of “Sharjah Heritage Days”, the craftsmen of joy return to the heart of Sharjah to enchant the public with arts, collectibles, dances and crafts that have the scent of the past. In the current session of “Al-Ayyam”, the “Ibn Majid Society for Folk Arts and Rowing” is participating with its rich exhibition With the heritage of the sea and its band, which draws attention with its liveliness and its preservation of the colors of dance and singing, it sends enthusiasm and the desire to embrace the waves as the attendance of the band had the effect of realizing the event slogan “Cultural heritage brings us together” where all those who missed the sound of “glutton” and fishermen’s celebrations fly around after each season. Bountiful catch.
The old fishing tools have changed and replaced with modern ones, but the marine insults and the songs of the fishermen are stable and well established.
He said that my family’s passion for sea arts led me at first to found an artistic troupe that performed its performances at weddings, then obtained official support and was declared an association, and since it was founded in 1984, it continues to reunite lovers of folk arts for sailors and their ancient heritage.
He added that the association’s troupe relies on diversifying its performance to include group and individual songs, dances and famous rhythms, as well as the chalets of the people of the sea and the chalets of the people of righteousness, and whenever its turn comes to disturb the public in the squares of the Heart of Sharjah, visitors of the Heritage Days gather to enjoy what it offers.
The Ibn Majid Association takes its headquarters from Ras Al Khaimah, and from there it sets out to tour local and international festivals with its activities and is currently displaying in its pavilion in the heart of Sharjah collections and tools related to diving and fishing in addition to the traditional pieces, some of which have been transformed by mechanization that entered the boats into symbols of the heritage of sailing and meets the visitor as soon as he enters the pavilion. In the traditional clothing of the diver and the wooden spinner piece that was used to pull the ship from the sea to the land and vice versa. Among the exhibits are also a miniature hull of a traditional fishing boat.
As for the sea snails and their paintings, they take a prominent area from the walls of the association’s wing, whose publications are unique to the pictures of snails and their paintings are colored pages highlighting the aesthetics, grooves of colors and natural decorations that flutter on the backs of snails, which encouraged some of its affiliates to take colored shells as a material to produce paintings that entice the lenses of cameras to photograph them.
Among the things that the Ibn Majid Association maintains is also the manufacture of fishing nets, so everyone who overlooks its wing encounters craftsmen weaving nets and behind their backs, the gargour for hunting is made of two different materials, the first of palm fronds and the second of wires, and between them an extended period of singing to the sea.