In traditional society labour is divided into male and female. In Arabia, men are responsible for milking the camels and doing the weaving. Women tend the sheep and goats, do the weeding and harvesting, prepare fuel and grass, and dry the dates. Women write verses mourning the death of close ones, praising God, expressing feelings of sadness and love understandable to everyone; these poems are handed down to the new generations. There is even more verse by women which is not written down and disappears without trace with the death of the authors. When Yemeni men left the area en masse to earn money abroad, women were forced to do many male activities: gardening, looking after the palms, agriculture and crafts. But the most important work for women is cooking, looking after the children and doing the housework.
Women’s hat. Palm fibre. Hadramawt.
1. Sickle — sharim. Steel. Hadramawt.
2. Scoop — manqala for taking bread out of the oven. Iron. Hadramawt.
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