Kozhikode: When Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup for the primary time within the Center East and Arab world subsequent yr, a dhow constructed the outdated conventional approach at Chaliyam close to right here can be on present at Doha to mark the wonderful sea-faring traditions and maritime linkages of the Arabs. The 27ft-long ‘baghlah’ vessel being constructed by M/s Haji PI Ahamed Koya Boat Builders on order from Qatari authorities is a outstanding reproduction of a dhow from early occasions because it has been constructed the normal approach with out utilizing even a single nail or steel piece. As a substitute the teak planks of the dhow are fixed by coir ropes hand sewn by the planks. “The particular dhow is an try to recreate the dhows utilized by Arabs and others to sail internationally within the olden occasions earlier than nails have been launched as fasteners. Qatar authorities authorities need to showcase their seafaring tradition, and this conventional dhow can be showcased at subsequent yr’s Worldwide Dhow Competition which can coincide with the World Cup. Having the dhow constructed right here as an exhibit through the World Cup is a matter of recognition for our centuries-old shipbuilding custom as properly,” mentioned P O Hashim, managing director of Haji P I Ahamed Koya Boat Builders. He mentioned that whereas conventional dhow-making itself was a handcrafting train, the dhow which is being constructed utilizing coir ropes for fastening was much more laborious and complicated. “Nilambur teak planks are held collectively utilizing coir ropes by making 2,500 hand stitches and 5,000 holes on teak wooden. Knowledgeable staff from Ponnani have been serving to our conventional artisans within the conventional approach,” Hashim added. He mentioned that the dhow which is six-ft deep and seven-ft large will match inside a 40-ft container and could possibly be shipped wherever. “I’ve orders for 3 extra such dhows from Qatar to be used of their seaside homes, and enquiries from Europe and US. Although it’s small, six individuals can journey in it,” he mentioned, including that the dhow can be shipped to Qatar in one other two months. Hashim’s household has been into dhow constructing since 1885 and the corporate has up to now constructed over 200 dhows to a clientele together with Arab rulers, royal members of the family, rich businessmen, corporations and for the tourism business. The dhow is being constructed by grasp craftsman Gokul Edathumpadikkal and a dozen different craftsmen. “The normal dhow making utilizing coir ropes is being tried after a niche of over 500 years. It’s tougher to make than different conventional dhows,” Gokul mentioned. Fish oil can be utilized to the ropes to make sure that it retains the power when it is available in contact with seawater, he added.