Support these small businesses and get unique, handmade items for your home
Louise Emma Clarke
Make it your mission to support small businesses in the UAE this year by purchasing products from independent companies offering unique, handcrafted items. Here are just a few to try now. Words Louise Emma Clarke
What it makes Designer Sangeeta Kumar struggled to find birthday invites, personalised family stationery, gift tags and wedding invites in Dubai, so was inspired to create a range of her own. The beautiful stationary is completely bespoke, allowing you to add initials, addresses, names, and event details.
How to order There’s a pre-designed catalogue you can pick from, or you can ask Kumar to create something completely bespoke based on your own ideas or designs.
What it makes Created by two Dubai-based mothers who shared a love of art and design, Peas in a Pod makes 3D montage artworks in various colours, designs and sizes. Each piece is handmade in a studio in TECOM with most pieces being completely unique.
How to order You can visit the studio in TECOM, which is open Sunday to Thursday from 8.30am until 5.30pm. You can also order over the phone or via email.
The cost Prices start from Dhs599 for a 25cmx25cm picture and rise to Dhs3,385 for the company’s signature 104cmx104cm camel. Peas in a Pod, Sheikha Noora Tower, TECOM. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.peasinapod.ae (04 420 2467).
The Arab Doll Project
What it makes The company was created to honour traditional Arab dress and culture in a way that is accessible to both kids and adults. The range of handmade dolls dressed in traditional clothes are made in the UAE from locally sourced materials.
How to order Take your pick from the online shop at Little Majlis.
What it makes With a background in luxury fashion, designer Ali Yazdjerdi launched The Taz Project in July last year. He designs and makes rustic furniture, and every item is bespoke, taking as little as a week to be delivered. How to order Contact The Taz Project to discuss your design ideas. Once the design has been finalised, you will be given a quote – and after confirming, materials will be sourced and the build will begin.
The cost Pieces are quoted on an individual basis with the starting price being Dhs79 for rustic crates with a finishing of your choice. The Taz Project. email@example.com (050 765 4378).
Also made in the UAE
Shop for gifts, homeware, fashion, and accessories at these regular markets for handcrafted goods.
Ripe Market Held at Zabeel Park every Friday morning, this market houses a large number of artisan stalls. Fridays 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Gate 1, Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya, www.ripeme.com.
ARTE market This popular twice-monthly arts and crafts market is filled to the brim with exclusive, locally made products. Held at Times Square Center, the motto of the event is ‘buy handmade in the UAE’. Check the website for dates and times. Ongoing. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.arte.ae.
The Beach market This beachside event has stalls offering handmade gifts, clothing, and souvenirs. Saturdays 10am-8pm. Until May 15. Next to Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Beach, JBR.