Dr. Reem Tariq El Mutwalli, The Zay Initiative founder was initially contacted on Instagram by Mariam Khalfan Mohammed Khalifah al Maydi al Badwawi, who offered to volunteer and help source old artifacts from the northern Emirates for the Zay Collection. Mariam has been an invaluable addition to our team, as she connects easily with people and patiently explains our role, convincing others to help the cause. This (kandurah_arabiyah khwar_zari) is one of her finds.
Mariam came across this article together with a few more from the late Mohammed ‘Ayish al Qaydi, who passed away in the 1990s. Fortunately, his family held on to them and were willing to sell them to The Zay Initiative.
Commercially manufactured brown men’s sandals sporting 3 synthetic straps across the bridge of the feet and attached to a synthetic leather sole.
Sandals are worn in the whole Arab Gulf region, traditionally woven using braided palm leaf fronds, or wood, animal hide, rubber, or synthetics.
This brown adult size version is of low-quality synthetic leather that seems to be imported in the late 1970s and sports the manufacturers’ label (max).