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The Art of making perfumes the Emirati way

BY Jan DSa, October 19th, 2011

Dubai, UAE: After much encouragement received by once again showcasing my handwoven wire jewelry line Janys DeARTE saw me back (after a gap of nearly 18 months). While the break did me good as I branched out into other creative ways, the return to showcase my work was a much needed adventure into the area of hands on crafting. Apart from that, I met Emirati artisan Salwa Al Mulla.

I have already written about Sougha, based out of Abu Dhabi. My love for Emirati handcrafts and culture comes from being raised in Abu Dhabi, since my childhood (I remember the fragrance of oud). I have also written about the London based Jameel art Gallery as well as the Jameel Art Prize 2011. The smell of oud fragrance is something special.

Salwa Al Mulla shows me her range of home made oud perfumes and other perfumes. Photo © Preethi Janice D’Sa

Salwa makes perfumes and fragrances ranging from bukhoor to cream perfumer, beauty masks as well as Al hawra hair oil. Apart from this, Salwa also creates lovely home décor which reminds me of some of the forts in Abu Dhabi such as those of the Cultural Foundation.


Hand painted forts. Photo © Preethi Janice D'Sa

She either paints the pots as shown in the above finished pieces, or she decorates them with intricate lace type materials, sticking them on very carefully with glue.



Fixing the lace with some strong glue. Photo © Preethi Janice D'Sa

For me, it seems to be quite a laborious process, but when I see Salwa demonstrate how she does them, she seems to be quite content and peaceful.


The lacy fabric is wound round and round in a meticulous manner. Photo © Preethi Janice D'Sa

Some of the pieces are then further embellished with stylish Arab filigree and you have a decorated pot ready to take home.


One of the finished pieces. Photo © Preethi Janice D'Sa


You can visit the stall of Salwa Al Mulla, of the Salwaty Gallery, at the ARTE fairs at Time Square (have a look at the UAE’s biggest handcrafted souq’s calendar for more details).

And here questions of type such if honestly strike me not much as I wrote everything higher. It is visible you simply you don’t want to read all this. As my parrot does.

9 Responses to “The Art of making perfumes the Emirati way”
  1. Salwa Al Mulla says:

    Thanks dear for article

  2. Shoula Rafiee says:

    I was impressed by my artist friend Salwa. Wow, great to see with this amount of capabilities and talents . No wonder she is a real professional artist. May God Bless her in her career and guide her the best service to the mankind. Many congratulations and wish you all the best.

  3. Ali Nassiri says:

    Personally I met Salwa Al Mulla and found many creative works she does. hope she gets sponsors and All the best

  4. Jan DSa says:

    Dear Salwa, perhaps you should get in touch with Sougha, as the incentive is all about Emirati handcrafts. If you need an introduction to the Sougha manager, please let me know. Drop me an email.

  5. Gertrude and Patrick D'Sa says:

    Wow!! It is so amazing to see the creations of Salwa. Keep it up. An artist can recognise another artist’s values.

    Jan…you too have done a great job, by introducing the young artist who brings out the unique talents within her.

    All the best to both of you.

    love and God bless you.

  6. Salwa Al Mulla says:

    you can be in touch with me by

  7. Salwa Al Mulla says:

    I have good news. I have opened shop. Shop location is Al Maha center, Abu Heil , behind Grand Service Station, shop number 16.


    • Jan DSa says:

      Dear Salwa, I would like to offer my congratulations at this great endeavour. I wish you all the best. Should you need help in setting up your website (in English and Arabic) etc, do contact us and we will be glad to assist.

  8. Salwa Al Mulla says:

    thanks my dear, i will be glad for your help.
    found out time to meet out.


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