Bandar Abbas is the capital of Hormozgan province, in the southern part of Iran, on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Apart from being the largest port in Iran, Bandar Abbas has always been one of the most important industrial and commercial cities of Iran due to the existence of important industrial factories and it’s role in trading various goods to foreign countries. And due to these tradings, Bandar Abbas has a very magnificent and unique culture, and this, will effect on the souvenirs too! So let’s begin our adventure.
One of the most beautiful things we usually do on a trip is to buy souvenir of the city we are traveling to remember the fun we had. Or maybe we will give some as a travel gift to our loved ones so that they too can enjoy the charms of our trip! But what defines Bandar Abbas, the largest port in Iran? Read the rest of this article to find out about Bandar Abbas souvenirs.
Bandar Abbas souvenirs are a bit special due to the weather conditions of this city. The city is located near a part of the Persian Gulf. Climatic conditions in this city are hot and humid, so the vegetation and products of this city are unique. You may even see and taste some products and fruits for the first time in Bandar Abbas and fall in love with it! Edible souvenirs of Bandar Abbas are:
Bandari torshi is a compact and delicious souvenir with the atmosphere of southern Iran! These torshis are usually spicy and very different from the ones you see in other parts of Iran. This is due to the different weather and culture of Bandar Abbas! Bandaris use special tropical fruits in the preparation of their delicious and tempting Torshi. For example, only with mango fruit, you can test several Torshi models in this city! Saffron mango torshi, mango leaf, spicy mango torshi, raw mango torshi and many other types are among the local pickles of Bandar Abbas!
Dates are the main souvenir of Bandar Abbas. Good dates are grown and produced both in Bandar Abbas and in the cities around and near Bandar Abbas. If you are looking for a delicious and nutritious souvenir, dates will be your best choice in Bandar Abbas.
Royal dates, Pyaram and Kabkab dates are the most popular types of dates in Bandar Abbas. The interesting point is the products that Bandaris make from dates. “Date syrup” is one of these products. they are actually dates that are grown with date juice and are offered in different quantities with various packages in Bandar Abbas markets.
Chardesho spread is a special snack that it’s main ingredients is date syrup. You can have it on toast or with plain biscuits any time! Other ingredients of this healthy snack are fig, berry and grape syrup with sesame seeds and tahini. We strongly suggest you to try it once. And then you’ll fall in love with it and buy a thousand for yourself and your loved ones!
Well, living in every corner of Iran always make everyone wonder with their amazing art! And Bandar Abbas is no exception; they also have their own culture and art. From north to south, from east to west, you can find traditional handicrafts of the locals in every town and village you visit.
The artist people of Bandar Abbas also have very beautiful and valuable handicrafts; Golabatoon embroidery, Chanteh bafi, carpet weaving, mat weaving, marine handicrafts and burqa are among the traditional and local arts in Bandar Abbas that you can buy as a memorable souvenir. In the following, you will get acquainted with the details of some handicrafts of Bandar Abbas:
There is not much to say about the artistry of the people of Bandar Abbas. They even make life-size and attractive tools from lifeless shells and rocks along the shore! They make fascinating ornaments; and they are the most popular and best-selling souvenirs and handicrafts in Bandar Abbas. Marine handicrafts include: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and even small statues! You can mostly find them in Bandar Abbas local bazaars or between the stuff that hand sellers have.
Chanteh bafi (English: Bag weaving) is a famous art in Bandar Abbas. In traditional markets or even luxury shopping malls in Bandar Abbas, you can see bagged products. The texture of the bag is almost like that of a rug. In the past, the bags that were wove with this technique were mostly used as pouches! But today, with the popularity of this art and it’s reception, it is known as one of the most popular souvenirs in Bandar Abbas. They use Chanteh bafi to make bags, place for spoons and forks, place for thread and needle and place for Quran.
Burqa is actually a clothing item for southern women, and Bandar Abbas is not an exception. It protects their face form the sharp sunlight of south and also double the beauty of their outfit. Burqa is the souvenir of all southern cities and also, islands of Iran; but the gorgeous thing about it is that each place has their own design of burqa! In some cities the size is different and some other focus on making the design of this clothing item unique. Undoubtedly, the local clothing of Bandaris is phenomenal; but if you didn’t want to buy all local clothing pieces if Bandar Abbas, burqa can be a good choice!
The first thing that catches the eye in the Golabatoon embroidery is the glitter of the threads that depict the designs of it. In ancient times, they used thin threads of gold and silver. But today, the tasteful artists of Bandar Abbas use silver or gold-plated threads for this purpose. For souvenirs, you can buy embroidered designs on the wall hangings, pants, rugs, hats, ball gowns and coats (on the collar and sleeves).