Yemen’s Jews leave their mark in handicrafts and architecture

Published on 25 March 2014 in Photo Essay
Amal al Yarisi (writer), Amal al Yarisi (photographer)

Amal al Yarisi


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The Qorqush is a scarf which Jewish girls in Yemen wear‭. ‬Helal Abdulkareem‭, ‬the owner of Al-Sakhi clothes shop‭, ‬said that many women have a fondness for the Qorqush‭, ‬especially for special occasions‭. ‬The Qorqush is emblazoned with silver‭.

The Qorqush is a scarf which Jewish girls in Yemen wear‭. ‬Helal Abdulkareem‭, ‬the owner of Al-Sakhi clothes shop‭, ‬said that many women have a fondness for the Qorqush‭, ‬especially for special occasions‭. ‬The Qorqush is emblazoned with silver‭.

Despite thedwindling number of Yemeni Jews in the country, their handicrafts and legacy remain.

Once a vibrant part of the Yemeni community who hailed from around the country, including Aden, Sana’a, Amran, Tareem, Baihan and other areas, most of Yemen’s Jewish population has migrated to Israel or the U.S. The number of Jews left in Yemen is estimated at less than 100. Most now live in a compound called Tourist City.

In the years following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, about 50,000 Yemeni Jews were flown to Israel during Operation Magic Carpet.

Yemen’s Jews still have a reputation for their handicrafts, jewelry, Qamrias and metal working.

 

Hameed Badi‭, ‬the owner of a silver shop in the old city of Sanaصa‭, ‬said that some of the Jewish antiques he sells date back to the 19th century‭.‬

Hameed Badi‭, ‬the owner of a silver shop in the old city of Sanaصa‭, ‬said that some of the Jewish antiques he sells date back to the 19th century‭.‬

 

Yemeni Jews are renowned for their jewelry and ornaments which Mohammed Daes‭, ‬an owner of silver shop in the Old City‭, ‬says are the best‭. ‬He said he still sells Jewish jewelry and ornaments for up to‭ $‬400‭ ‬apiece‭.  ‬

Yemeni Jews are renowned for their jewelry and ornaments which Mohammed Daes‭, ‬an owner of silver shop in the Old City‭, ‬says are the best‭. ‬He said he still sells Jewish jewelry and ornaments for up to‭ $‬400‭ ‬apiece‭. ‬

 

Many of the handicrafts‭, ‬especially those made of copper‭, ‬have the Star of David inscribed on them‭. ‬

Many of the handicrafts‭, ‬especially those made of copper‭, ‬have the Star of David inscribed on them‭. ‬

 

Copper handicrafts made by Jewish Yemenis‭. ‬

Copper handicrafts made by Jewish Yemenis‭. ‬

 

Many buildings in the Old City still bear Jewish inscriptions‭, ‬including the Star of David‭.‬

Many buildings in the Old City still bear Jewish inscriptions‭, ‬including the Star of David‭.‬


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