Telli is considered one of the most cherished forms of embroidery in the United Arab Emirates and entails hand-braiding the metallic and silk threads that traditionally adorn Emirati women’s clothing. This is done on a tool called a kajojah, which consists of a cushion held on a metal base and used to hold the thread in place. In the past, real silver was used in Telli embroidery, while today a metallic thread is used instead.
About the Brand
In 2006, Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan and the Emirates Red Crescent President’s Assistant for Women’s Affairs set out to provide women with training, designs, raw materials and marketing services to create culturally-inspired products and assist them in earning a dignified living while sustaining traditional crafts. Boasting more than 200 craftswomen of different nationalities and ages, Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts has multiple product lines, including corporate gifts, stationery, home accessories and fashion.