To celebrate the country’s rich cultural heritage and promote Maldivian artisans, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo resort collaborated with the local community in Gaafu Alif Vilingili to launch its Maldivian Day Programme last month.
According to the resort, the immersive journey provides guests a unique opportunity to engage with local artisans, learn about traditional crafts and participate in hands-on workshops.
The monthly programme displays the skills and originality of the artisans specialising in traditional crafts. Intricately woven Thundu Kunaa mats and baskets shows the mastery of coconut palm weaving techniques passed down through generations. Dhivehi Libaas, the traditional Maldivian dress showcases the country’s rich heritage, characterised by its intricate needlework, dazzling colours, and hand-sewn stripes, which takes at least 15 days to complete.
Guests can also participate in laajehun, traditional lacquer work, which involves the delicate art of coating wood or coral with a glossy lacquer finish. This ancient technique produces decorative pieces, jewelry containers and ornaments adorned with vibrant motifs inspired by marine life and the natural surroundings.
Furthermore, guests can experience making traditional Dhoni with local boat builders who meticulously construct the iconic wooden vessels that have long been integral to the Maldivian way of life.
“Whether you are a cultural enthusiast, an art aficionado, or a curious traveller, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo welcomes you to fascinate yourself with the beauty of its culture and handicrafts,” Mercure Maldives Kooddoo said.
“Experience the warmth of Maldivian hospitality as you explore the intricate designs, unravel the stories behind each masterpiece, and create lasting memories of a journey deeply rooted in tradition.”