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Kelaa Popper : Mohamed Fahmy


In the scenic island of Haa Alif Kelaa, resides Mohamed Fahmy, a skilled craftsman dedicated to preserving traditional Maldivian craftsmanship. With a passion for woodworking, Fahmy creates exquisite Quran boards, miniature boats, bandhi (traditional Maldivian wooden water vessels), and various other wooden works. In this interview, Fahmy sheds light on his latest project—creating locally made poppers for sports fishing—a venture aimed at revitalizing a dying art form and reducing the need for imports in the Maldives.

Preserving Traditional Craftsmanship

Mohamed Fahmy, a master craftsman with years of experience, understands the significance of preserving traditional Maldivian craftsmanship. In a time when these art forms are fading away, Fahmy’s dedication to his craft serves as a beacon of hope for reviving these timeless traditions. His woodworking skills encompass a wide range of creations, from intricately designed Quran boards to delicate miniature boats, all crafted with precision and passion.

A Vision for Maldivian-Made Poppers

In his relentless pursuit of preserving Maldivian craftsmanship, Mohamed Fahmy has embarked on a new venture—creating poppers for sports fishing. Poppers are lures used by anglers to attract fish, and Fahmy’s aim is to produce these poppers using 100% locally sourced materials, particularly wood. By doing so, he hopes to reduce the country’s reliance on imported poppers and establish a thriving industry centered around Maldivian-made fishing equipment.

Putting the Popper to the Test

After days of meticulous craftsmanship, Fahmy’s locally made popper has undergone rigorous testing during a fishing trip. With careful attention to detail, he has ensured that the popper is not only aesthetically pleasing but also effective in its purpose. By combining his passion for woodworking with his commitment to enhancing the sports fishing industry in the Maldives, Fahmy envisions a future where locally made poppers become the preferred choice for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

A Hope for the Future

With unwavering determination, Mohamed Fahmy aspires to see the Maldives’ sports fishing industry sourcing and utilizing locally made poppers, specifically from Haa Alif Kelaa. His goal is not only to produce high-quality fishing equipment but also to reignite a sense of pride in Maldivian craftsmanship. By creating opportunities for local artisans and promoting sustainable practices, Fahmy aims to establish a flourishing ecosystem that embraces the rich cultural heritage of the Maldives.

Mohamed Fahmy’s dedication to traditional craftsmanship and his passion for reviving the art form in the Maldives is truly commendable. Through his woodworking skills and the creation of locally made poppers, Fahmy is not only preserving traditional practices but also contributing to the growth of the sports fishing industry. With his unwavering commitment and determination, Fahmy paves the way for a future where Maldivian-made fishing equipment takes center stage, showcasing the beauty and artistry deeply rooted in the nation’s cultural heritage.

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