Iraqi calligrapher Wael al-Ramdan wipes the glass on one of his Arabic calligraphy framed art pieces at his workshop, in Basra, Iraq. A few dedicated artists are keeping the ancient tradition alive. Photo: AFP
Iraqi calligrapher Wael al-Ramdan wipes the glass on one of his Arabic calligraphy framed art pieces at his workshop, in Basra, Iraq. A few dedicated artists are keeping the ancient tradition alive. Photo: AFP
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Arabic calligraphy, recognised by Unesco but eclipsed by technology, and the artists in Iraq determined to see it survive

  • Iraqi labourer Jamal Hussein is one of the devoted few still practising Arabic calligraphy, recently recognised by Unesco as intangible cultural heritage
  • The curved, flowing script was once common on storefronts and building entrances, but with technology the number of specialised calligraphic artists has plunged

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Iraqi calligrapher Wael al-Ramdan wipes the glass on one of his Arabic calligraphy framed art pieces at his workshop, in Basra, Iraq. A few dedicated artists are keeping the ancient tradition alive. Photo: AFP
Iraqi calligrapher Wael al-Ramdan wipes the glass on one of his Arabic calligraphy framed art pieces at his workshop, in Basra, Iraq. A few dedicated artists are keeping the ancient tradition alive. Photo: AFP
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