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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – September 17 2013 – Ismail Ali Hassan, 74, demonstrates how to delicately hammer in patterns on the “dallah”. There are four main patterns that are repetitively used in most designs. Ismail is the last remaining dallah maker and had learnt the craft from the tender age of 8 while working with his father at their old shop in the Deira souk. Ismail now works from a make-shift workshop at his home.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – September 17 2013 – Ismail Ali Hassan, 74, demonstrates how to delicately hammer in patterns on the “dallah”. There are four main patterns that are repetitively used in most designs. Ismail is the last remaining dallah maker and had learnt the craft from the tender age of 8 while working with his father at their old shop in the Deira souk. Ismail now works from a make-shift workshop at his home. Journalist Anna Zacharias Section: FEATURES. (Razan Alzayani / The National)