As promised in one of my previous post, here is a tutorial on how a Omani cap is made. Its a sewing techinque called tanjeem which is dervied from the word nijma in arabic, which means star but the what we are sewing ends up being a circle!!
The cap i am sewing is intended for my husband but the at rate i am going it will be finished for my daughter’s wedding lol (she is now 3 yrs) it is really time consuming and you will see why….
NOTE: Please excuse me as some of the pictures are unclear, i was multi tasking as i was taking the pics while posing at the same time!
What you will need:
An empty Omani cap ( you can get these in any shop that sells caps i bought mine from Al Harthy Complex)
Thread your choice of colour – you will need 2 boobins apparently its enough to do for the whole cap
(you can mix and match colours you dont have to sew the cap in one colour)
This is the empty cap and we are going to fill in the empty space here is a close up
Here is what we aim to achieve
These circles are what they call najim which basically means star, so as you can see the star is what is used to fill the empty spaces which creates the design. The objective is to start and end at the same point to form a circle. The hole in the circle is formed by piercing the same hole everytime and pulling. ( hope i am making sense)
OK so we start off by threading the needle and start from a corner and make a hole in the middle (which will eventually be the centre of the najim)
You keep repeating the same thing, while rotating the cap and ALWAYS making sure when stiching that the thread is always held taught to the left, like so..
This is how it should look, the circle is starting to form
Still rotating and always using the same starting point (the hole) to continue the circle the pic below is half a cirle, nus najima which is another style used. As it takes half the space of the nijma (circle) then that means double the work which means more labour in turn its more costs more.
and finally we are back to our starting point which means we have finished
Now if you have any questions (which i am sure you do) please dont hesitate to ask me, i will try my best to help you out. I plan to record the video (once i get someone to hold the camera) so you can really see how its done.
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