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Shop local – Ideyna

(Photo: © ideyna)

When it comes to handmade goods, I better hide my money, and fast… I just love handmade art and crafts!

After writing about Etsy and Little Majlis, now I found another website full of beautiful objects made in the UAE.

It is called Ideyna, which means “our hands” in Arabic, and it is an online platform for local artists to share and sell their creations.
The layout is quite simple and straight-forward, and it is easy to browse among all the different objects.
From art and accessories, to homewares and toys, there is something for everyone!
Now, where did I put my wallet…?


Little Majlis: Shop Online, Shop Local.

Image © Little Majlis

A little while ago I wrote a post about Etsy and all the fantastic handcrafted and vintage items that I can buy from local sellers.

To my delight, I have been told there is another wonderful online platform for Middle East-based artisans, designers, vintage lovers and crafty people! I am so happy to have the chance to explore more of the local talent!

Little Majlis is a specialist online market for makers and merchants of art, edibles, crafts and design.

According to Wikipedia, ‘Majlis’ is an Arabic term meaning “a place of sitting”, used in the context of “council”, to describe various types of special gatherings among common interest groups. (Source)

Aside from the many items available for purchase, on this site there is also a very useful calendar listing festivals, fairs, markets, art exhibitions and workshops: so much to do and see!

I just discovered this site but I already love it. (Better ask W to hide my wallet for a while!)


UAE-based Etsy: Shop Local.

Etsy is an online community where artisans, vintage lovers, designers, artists and creatives can set up a ‘virtual market stall’ full of everything they love. Many Etsy sellers also do custom pieces, adding that extra special vibe to every item.

Etsy sellers come from all around the world, but I always prefer to shop ‘local’. It is nice to save on shipping times and costs, yes, but most of all it is great to get a real feel for the place where I am currently living and support local trades.
So, I asked myself: how are the Etsy shops based in UAE?
Well, I was not disappointed: they are great!

Here are the wonderful shops I found with a quick search, but if you know of any other I might have missed, please let me know in the comments below.

home decor uae etsyHome Decor and Furniture:

Artsy Galleree
Cinnamon Snaps
Designer Pottery
Morph Grain
Rustic Art Design
Stritama Collections


Amira Rahim
Art by Susan Brooker
Arte Dubai
A Kreative Mommy
Asma Original
Biha Designs
Gallery Neville
Nora Paint
The Blissful Frenzy

About That Girl
Afro Blue Jewelry
Arzu Kiwan Designs
Beauty Panacea
Lulu and Didi
MC Studio & Design
Moonlight Bo Ho
Mr BeauJangles
Simply Elegant Custom
Teal And Magenta
The Pink Shop

Clothing, Gifts and Accessories:
By Regine L
Elka Softwearclothinggiftsacc
Felt Decorations
Heavenly Creations
Mars Stitches
Melime Baby Country Chic
My Red Rose Garden
InSanaty in Motion
Oh So Plush
Pink Gowns
World Traders

Paper Goods:papergoods

Ayang Cempaka
Crafty Creations UAE
LK’s Invitations
Pret A Papier


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