By Hisham Abdulaziz
Many are the foreigners who always notice and wonder about what is the “big knife” that Yemeni men wear on their belt and called “Jambya”. To learn more about the greatness of the Yemeni culture, photographer Hisham Abdulaziz introduces us to the culture and the symbolism of the jambya, as well as its making process and its tradition.
As a Hadrami, jambya is not a culture symbol to me. Although I grew up in Sana’a and my family live in Sana’a for a long time, we do not wear jambya. After this photo shooting activity, I learnt more about jambya than the Sana’ani.
Hisham Abdulaziz is a Yemeni photographer and an explorer of art.
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Article first published on May 27, 2013 on Black CamelFrançais