“Folded” furniture in the heritage of the ancestors .. when it was an indication of abundant goods

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Amman- The large wooden fold is distinguished by the smell of the beautiful past and the legacy of the ancestors who passed it on for decades.It was placed in one of the main corners of the house; To be one of the most important living room possessions, and the women of the house would be proud of it as part of her precious dowry.
The wooden fold was never just an indication of the aesthetics of the house, the woman cared for it as if it were the most precious thing she owned in the house, and rearranged it from time to time.Made of pure wool, soft covers and pillows .
For almost sixty years the folding place has been fastened, and its possession increases year after year in the house of Hajj Umm Maher (82 years), who is eager to clean the mattresses, and from time to time was their covers, so that her colorful fabrics remain beautiful and bright, especially since some of those The fabrics are more than seventy years old, and progress and changing the furniture of the house has not pushed her to get rid of the folds that have a large space in did not seize. the living room.
Umm Maher does not consider the presence of the folded bed as a hindrance in the house as the children consider it as “mattresses” are no longer usable and no one uses them to sleep, and that most of these items not used. for decades. The mother assures that she will not leave her because she keeps it for the guests and part of the legacy she inherited from her ancestors.
Wael Abdullah’s mother speaks with all nostalgia and love about this wooden fold, as it contains many memories of childhood. made, by the co-operation of her mother and female relatives at the time, therefore, the The moral value of her is equal to the material value, and she has no intention of wasting any piece, though she has moved to a new house.
The expert and writer in the Jordanian heritage, Dr. Nayef Al-Nawaisah, has been talking for decades about this main part in the home of children and grandparents, and many still like it and it has more than one name in our Jordanian heritage, as some call it “The Wad” or “The Renaissance” , in addition to the Mutawa.The most popular name in Jordan.
Al-Nawaisah says in the old days the folded place was the place where mattresses, pillows and blankets were placed, and the woman was recorded in the marriage contract equivalent to “a pound of natural wool of the finest kinds of wool”, and recorded in the lawful contract, and that the wool was chosen from the sheep of a famous person, and in that Attention as much as the bridal prize.
Al-Nawaisah then explains that the neighborhood ladies and family get together to clean the wool and then refine it and wash it more than once, and then make a large group of mattresses, covers and pillows, and become the best types of cloth placed. on them, it’s an increase in her dowry. To place it in the house, a large and prominent corner is assigned to it and then arranged in a coordinated manner and covered with a bright type of cloth, which enhances the beauty of the collectibles with which the bride shows off, so that it the ground and placed on the “folded” even if the house was small or even one of the hair houses at that time.
“Beautiful colorful rugs, no less than ten mattresses, pillows that are decades old, and of the decorated material” are the possessions of Soad Ahmed’s mother, who still keeps the mother in her private room, even after renovating the house in which the mother lives But she stressed that the folded bed should remain as it is.
Souad says the folded with its details has beautiful memories at home, especially since most of what it was on was never used, but was for guests, which is common to all, and her mother would put money or small items in between. keep mattresses. He needed a few coins from time to time to get between the mattresses and they might be forgotten at some point.
Among these collectibles is, as Souad says, a set of old clothes that were in her mother’s bridal appliance, and because they were not suitable for the mother, she put them between the “mattresses” to keep her dead and her against damage, and always remains before her eyes in her old folds. It is now fifty years old, but it is still present as it is without renewal or modernization, whether for folded wood or “mattresses”.
Al-Mutawa, as Al-Nawaisah describes it, is an open box from the front and is mostly made of wood. It was formerly made of two pieces lifted from the ground, and the wall on which the possessions would rest. is adjusted and fitted In the past, girls did not abandon the presence of about 6 to 5 mattresses In the fold it is later connected by traditional rugs, materials and anything that can be placed on it.
There was a group of well-known carpenters in the manufacture of these folds, and they mastered them according to the customer’s request, while some of them traditionally asked for it, and with a few wooden shelves enough to place what was made of the wool , especially since the mattresses and collectibles the larger their number needed a larger fold, and this is a testament to “The Prestige of Ahl al-Bayt”.
Regarding the increased attention to the folded garment and its consequences, the lady pays a lot of attention to the type of cloth that will be placed on her, and some families wear it and send it while sending the bride’s furniture to her new home . on foot or through the so-called “fardah or zaffa”, so that the bride can show off her dowry and the household appliance that is made. very important and cared for, according to Al-Nawaisah.
Al-Nawaisah also indicated that there are other targets for the folded one, which are protection against creeping insects, especially in hairy and rural houses, in addition to protecting them from moisture and rainwater, so the folded remains a protector of these collectibles , and clothes for the family are placed in its shelves if space allows, and some of them consider it a place To store housewares or housewife’s valuables.
Al-Nawaisah believes that the insistence of many women to keep the folded sheet until now is a form of preserving the legacy of the parents, “parents in particular”, as some of them have his mother’s brochure after his house moved and it in a prominent place also in his “updated” house, and some of them even boast of this legacy. There are even those who consider it a “home decoration” and others make luxurious folds with distinctive wood and finely carved shapes to put on “the legacy of the parents, the mother’s dowry and the fragrance of the beautiful past.”

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