The Maldives is most known for its stunning beaches, tropical reefs and luxurious resorts. But this paradise on earth has much, much more that will not fail to impress you. From its list of unique features stands out its rich culture, the history of Maldivian craftsmanship. You’ll be stunned by the magic these hands can do, but unfortunately, most of these local crafts are dying. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t get an opportunity to experience this.
Fly to the Southern of Maldives and you’ll discover an island renowned for its fine hand-woven mats made of dried hau (rushes) used for prayer mats and as a decoration. The island of Gadhdhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll was home to the finest weavers. Thun'du kunaa or mat weaving is one of the most significant parts of Maldivian craftsmanship. While it looks like an aesthetic decoration, it was used in the past for sleeping, seating and praying.
Fine pattern grass kunaa from the island was used as royal gifts in the past when these mats were given as gifts to the Dutch and British governors of Ceylon from the Sultan of Maldives. These mats were sometimes trimmed with gold lace work and at present, it’s an extremely popular souvenir among tourists to the Maldives.
If you’re wondering where to stay, Ayada Maldives is a luxury 5 star resort close-by and the resort holds local island excursions so see what life is like on a real Maldivian island.