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Somali Traditional Handicrafts

Somali Handicrafts

There are a lot of handicrafts in the Somali culture that seem to be in the ancient Egyptian culture. Somali handicrafts are made from natural materials. Wood, leather and grass are mainly raw materials used for making traditional handicrafts.


Traditional Somali handicrafts

The people believe that handicrafts made of carvings and weavers are considered as a symbol of tradition. The traditional wooden milk jars, kitchen vessels, and leather-made sandals, all of which are the major handicrafts that can be found in Somalia.

Somali-leather-foot wears,-made-with-camel-skin

Somali leather footwears, made with camel skin

Republic of Somaliland

Somaliland is a self-declared state, internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia, in Horn of Africa. Somaliland officially known as Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland (Republic of Somali land), and the rest of the world considered the state as a part of Somalia.


Somali traditional wooden milk vessels


Somali-handicraft made with natural materials

Somali land lies in the north west region of Somalia, on the southern coast of Gulf of Aden. Hargeisa. (Hargeysa) the biggest city is the capital of Republic of Somali land.

Somali land was known as British Somali land and ruled by British government until 1960. British Somali land protectorate briefly obtained independence as the State of Somali land on 26th June of 1960.

Since 18th May of 1991, after the Somali civil war, Somaliland has been governed by democratically elected governments that seek international recognition as the Government of the Republic of Somali land. But, Somaliland’s self-proclaimed independence remains unrecognized by rest of the world and United Nation.


Izaar, top and cloth cap for men


Somali wooden milk vessel

Hargeisa, Somaliland

Hargeyisa is the capital city of Republic of Somali land, in Horn of African region. Hargeisa is the largest city of Somali land.  Hargeisa is situated in the Woqooyi Galbeed region of Somali land.

One third of the total population in Somali land is living Hargeisa. Hargeisa International Airport (Egal International Airport), the major Airport of Somali land is situated in Hargeisa City.


Boni, a Somali headrest (Barkin) made with wood


Grass mat for making traditional Somali hut


Somali traditional hut made with grass and clothes


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