WHAT IS A TALLI?
A talli is a form of handwoven braid traditionally created in the UAE. In the past, Emirati women used tallis to make their clothing more stylish and distinctive. Created from thread using a technique similar to bobbin lace, tallis are traditionally used to decorate the cuffs, hems and collars of dresses and women’s sherwal trousers. They are often made by older women who couldn’t afford or didn’t have the option of going to malls to buy their clothes when they were younger. In the past, wealthy people could afford to embroider with real gold and silver. Today, tallis are made with thread from China or India.