Exhibitors with the national costumes and daggers reflect the country’s ancient tradition in spice trade as if they have come along the ancient Incense Route of Sana’a to set up their own marketplace at Global Village.
Most of the spices, fruits and nuts are homegrown in Yemen and exhibited in the bazaar style. Foremost, many exhibitors would reveal secret recipes for a whiter and softer skin, better digestion, longer hair and the list goes on. In heaps, the types of frankincense are showcased, the edible one is the best cure for flu and the rest make the best home incense.
Yemini exhibitors assure that they have the best quality honey in the world. Mohammed Al Mulaiki, one of the regular exhibitors at Global Village, said: “The honey differs in quality, color and taste depending upon the weather and the nectar. Bees feeding on mountain Sidr nectar make the best, most nutritious honey. Many people await the opening of Global Village just to buy the honeycomb from the Yeminis as it is rare to find and has many nutritional values”.
Famous for its natural garnet that comes in different colors and shapes, the Yeminis pride themselves for this natural wealth. Since the kingdom of Sheba, the Yeminis have continued the heritage of their handcrafted vintage silver with precious and semi-precious stones. According to one exhibitor at the pavilion, the three types of garnet that come in the shape of a bird’s eye also known as Solomon’s stone, plain or shaped with drawings like figures of people or animals, are all part of their long Yemini heritage in the trade.
A sign of manhood has been the reason behind owning the Yemini dagger in the old days. “Today, it has become more of a culture and a costume match”, said one of the exhibitors. Many of the daggers on display are iron but some are made of vintage silver.
“We have plenty of antique silverware in our homes in Sana’a as we inherit them generation after the other. We live in one of the oldest historically inhabited cities in the world; everything there is antique and vintage. So, we bring a lot of such artifacts that go back to hundreds of years, maybe more, such as this metal key, or this antique wooden box. Most of our customers are Europeans as they love such timeworn home accessories”.
A tour inside the Yemini pavilion at Global village is like going back in time, and walking along Yemen’s old spice bazaars, and fighting the temptation of the hard to resist vintage silver accessories with Yemen’s most popular precious and semi-precious stones.
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