Friday, May 16, 2014

Pearling - BAHRAIN - UNESCO #1364

The other two cards Edwin sent me are related to the other Bahrain WHS, the pearling industry that made that island rich and famous (even after the 1930s, when Japan developed cultured pearls and flooded the markets) - the best pearls are the wild ones of course and getting them is a very hard task, made by trained pearl divers without any kind of equipment except a small knife. Nowadays the major business in Bahrain is the Oil industry of course but the search for luxury items like wild pearl necklaces is still strong. Thank you so much Edwin (Alaikum As-Salaam) you really made my day with this 3 awesome cards that allow me to create a new country label and at the same time complete both Bahrain entries on my UNESCO collection (384 down, 597 to go). This postcard took 34 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1364 - Pearling Testimony - BAHRAIN
UNESCO #1364 - Pearl Diving - BAHRAIN
The site consists of seventeen buildings in Muharraq City, three offshore oyster beds, part of the seashore and the Qal’at Bu Mahir fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island, from where boats used to set off for the oyster beds. The listed buildings include residences of wealthy merchants, shops, storehouses and a mosque. The site is the last remaining complete example of the cultural tradition of pearling and the wealth it generated at a time when the trade dominated the Gulf economy.

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