Muscat: Omani hand-sewn 'Kuma' cap, locally called 'Taqya' or 'Kufya,' is a product highly in demand by citizens, whether ready-made or customised.
This cap serves as a distinguishing feature in the Omani traditional costume for its workmanship and the skill involved in its hand-sewing that gives an aesthetic touch when compared to machine-made ones.
However, nowadays, the price has gone up. Sewing a 'Kuma' requires a month if a woman decides to take up the job full time.
Usually a customer determines patterns or motifs he wants, the type of 'Kuma' (full or half star)and one or two stitches to wear at social occasions, such as weddings and Eid. Women prefer light coloured combinations that are soothing to the eye compared to darker colours.
The Omani 'Kuma' is traditionally made by women and the skill has been handed down through generations.