Omdurman Shopping

  • some of my silver from Sudan
    some of my silver from Sudan
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  • gold shop, Omdurman
    gold shop, Omdurman
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  • bead seller
    bead seller
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    any silver shop in Omdurman Market: old silver

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 21, 2011

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    some of my silver from Sudan

    All the merchants with silver to sell are much the same. Some are so trusting they even let my daughter take pieces home to see if she wanted them- she was collecting silver at the time. Once she made up her mind, she went back and paid for it.

    What to buy: Old silver. Beads.
    The silver has been sold by the Rashaida, an eastern tribe originally from Saudi Arabia. As they get wealthier, they sell their silver wealth to buy gold instead.
    Some items are expensive, depending on the weight and workmanship; but smaller items like rings, higl [bracelets], amulets [higab], and pendants can be picked up at a reasonable price. Small broken items can be taken apart and new pieces concocted by the addition of beads into fashionable ethnic-style jewellery. Nice gifts for friends.
    Beads can be found in shops, or from pavement salesmen.

    What to pay: Depending on weight and workmanship. Whatever price is asked, bargain.

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    stalls in market: Spices and herbs

    by uglyscot Updated Aug 21, 2011

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    spices and herbs

    Spice and herbs are found congregated together in the market. They make a colourful display laid out in baskets or basins or jars.Those with allergies beware ;the smell can be pungent, and the fine powdery spices can be irritating to the nostrils.
    Lentils, haricot beans, fava beans and rice will be found in hessian sacks.
    Dried dates, dom palm nuts, tamarind pods, baobab seeds are also available in these shops.

    What to buy: Many exotic herbs and spices are available, but foreign visitors like kerkadeh, the dried flowers of a variety of hibiscus , which is made into a tea or cold drink after being boiled or soaked and having sugar added. It is used as a remedy for colds, and is exported as a major ingredient in herbal teas, and medicines.
    The seeds of the baobab and tamarind pods also make pleasant drinks.
    Black cumin seeds are used with sesame oil for digestive problems and sore throats
    Senna pods are laxative.
    Everyday spices are coriander, sea salt, black pepper, chili powder. Ginger and cinnamon and cardamom seeds are added to coffee. Cloves may be added to tea.
    Don't forget garlic, red onions and dried okra pods.
    Gum arabic and other gums [frankincence] are often used for making incense.
    Look around, buy a variety of spices . If you don't use them , put them in decorative jars or bottles and give them as gifts- the colours [red, yellow, black] will add a decorative touch to a kitchen.

    What to pay: Very little.

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    any in Omdurman market: Beads

    by uglyscot Written Nov 19, 2006

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    bead seller

    There are a number of large bead shops, as well as pavement salesmen in Omdurman market. Beads are popular with the tribes of Southern Sudan who make many decorative items and jewellery from them.Strings of beads made from natural substances are worn by sufi followers as prayer beads.
    Beads were brought to Africa as an item for trade by the early colonizers, and can be found all over the continent. Nowadays the Venetian trade beads are very rare, but also much sought after.
    Beads can be hand made, carved, glass, plastic or made from nuts as well as from pottery, bone or silver and shells.
    In the specialist shops the strings of beads are such a wonderful display of colour. Beads can be purchased by the string or in the case of larger beads by the individual item.

    What to buy: In recent decades expatriate women are buying the beads to make jewellery. They combine beads, pieces of silver and local amber to make 'ethnic' jewellery as gifts. Some beads are more expensive than others. The most popular is the blue bead with a chevron design [I forget its name], which is now becoming rare and expensive. Local women like the black and white 'agate' which is often combined with red beads.

    What to pay: Common types of beads cost very little, but do bargain. The rarer forms could cost a lot.

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    In Omdurman Market: Gold

    by uglyscot Written Nov 18, 2006

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    gold shop, Omdurman

    Like in most countries in the Middle east, for Sudanese women gold is an important item . Gold is given to a girl on important occasions - naming, circumcision, wedding. Women wear gold all the time but particularly when there is a function or wedding to attend. It is also customary for the gold be to exchanged for a newer design from time to time, so goldsmiths are always busy.
    Gold is sold by weight, so price depends on the international price of gold, but the more complicated the design, the more the customer pays on top of the basic price. Gold in the Sudan is almost always 21 carat, and should be hallmarked on every item.

    What to buy: Bracelets are most popular, but rings and ear-rings are often given as gifts. Necklaces vary from simple gold chains to very heavy ornate necklaces and pendants. The latter may be too ornate for western tastes.

    What to pay: the value of the gold plus a fee for workmanship.
    As much or as little as you can afford.

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