The Cradle

The video  and images shows and describes the portable cradle, which was used and made by people who lived in the deserts and mountains of Oman. The cradles were created in the same way by the people inhabiting the deserts and those inhabiting the mountains, but they used different types of wood to make them.

The cradles have three legs and a wooden frame to prevent the baby from falling out.  At the base of the cradle there is a net made from strings to support the baby.  Before the people living in the mountains and deserts had string they would make rope from dried leaves of the Mazari Palm.  On top of the frame is a cover, which used to be made from leather.

The cradle, with the baby inside, was carried on the woman’s head and her things would be put on top of the cradle too.  She would also sometimes be carrying water in her hands and walking with her goats to reach her family.

To read a full transcript of the video, please see the attached file.