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Hi there

This is Lamia, I am a Sudanese dentist, hand-crafter and a traveller with a great passion toward the original cultures and hand crafts. I can’t stop my self from collecting pieces of art from all over the world, so I decided to launch an APPLICATION to gather the crafters and the traditional arts as an attempt to preserve our heritage and share it with the world.


Sudan my home land is an African Arabian country with diversity and multicultural community. The unique site of Sudan makes the bridge between the Arabic countries in the north and sub Sahara desert countries. Therefore the site brought the people from all over Africa and the Arabian Peninsula to form a beautiful mosaic picture. The people came with their lifestyle,  food, dance, traditional costumes and arts. All these cultures have their impact on the society.

The Mission

My mission is to reflect this beauty to the world. Specially after the great peaceful revolution, which ended a brutal regime. Because of that regime Sudan was isolated for 30 years. Now our youth are taking over, they are eager to share their skills with the  world, with the same passion they want to discover the different cultures.


             During the revolution each woman or girl was named Kandaka. . Kush, Napata and Meroe were the kingdoms that ruled the north of the Sudan in the history. The women has a great role in these kingdoms. Women served as queens , warriors and leaders.The royal title of the ancient Nubian queens was Kandaka.  During the revolution each woman or girl was named Kandaka. That was symbol to celebrate the great rule of the women in the revolution,   which extended for eight months.

Therefore I named the application after RENAS. Kandaka Amani Renas is one of the greatest queens in Meroe. She led the army herself to fight the Romans who tried to invade her kingdom. The application is a tribute to the culture and glory was created by theses queens to defend their land and culture.

Nubian Culture

Nubian kings and queens has built their pyramids to take their belongings to the next life. So they buried their gold, furniture and food with them. The art is spectacular,  golden accessories, the wooden household, the brass, embroidery, the lifestyle and a lot  more  was just fascinating.

The mosaic

Nubian in the north of Sudan and the south of Egypt,  still preserving the culture in their rituals. Arabic tribes came from the Arabic peninsula,  with their language and religion to the north and middle of Sudan. Tribes  from the east have their own languages and cultures with beautiful costumes. In the west we have a great and rich kingdom Darfour with unique traditions in music, food and culture. Finally we have the African beautiful arts in the south.  My mission is to enlighten this history and diversity. which has a great influence in our modern culture,  and to celebrate the arts and cultures from all over the world.

Every artist is mostly welcomed to share their arts in our application Renas. Send me an email to to open the store. I will send you full information via email.

Thank you

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Ancient Sudanese gold and the tomb raiders (1)


           The north of Sudan is the land of many great civilizations. The land in the Sahara desert around the Nile from the first cataract to the sixth cataract  was called  Ethiopia by the Greek ( the new Ethiopia was Abyssinia at that time). The monuments of the kingdoms Kush, Napata and Meroe are unique. The palaces, temples, statues and most important their pyramids show the greatness of these civilizations.  

            These kingdoms were rich in gold (until now the mining for gold is going on) and they had incredible collections of handicrafts. These treasures are displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin-Germany and in the State Collection of Egyptian Art in Munich-Germany. The story of how these priceless collection  have reached these museums is interesting.

          In the nineteenth century, the competition between the European kingdoms was fierce in founding and expanding museums. Italy, France and Germany ruler were fighting to occupy the land in Asia and Africa and to steal the treasures from these countries to bring the best collections for their palaces and museums. The atmosphere was perfect for the tomb raiders and the adventurers to travel and try their luck.

The Tomb Raider

Giuseppe Ferlini is an Italian doctor who served in Sudan as a military doctor with the Egyptian occupation army in 1830. After short period of service in Greece and Egypt where he learned about the old mysterious ruins and pyramids in the Sudan. In 1834 he decided to quit his service and start his adventure to EXCAVATE for treasures in the Meroitic ruins to sell them in Europe.

He started to dig in Naqaa, Wad Ban Naqa and Musawwarat EL-Safra. The combat mate doctor became a tomb raider failed to find the treasures.

The Treasure

Ferlini decided to head toward Albajrawia. This is a royal cemetery. kings and queens of Meroe were buried there. The highest pyramid was number 6. It belongs to the great famous queen Amanishakhito. Her wars against the Romans and victories were unscripted on the wall of her pyramid. The tomb raider found this precious monument. He decided to demolish it. By inforcing the locals. They started from the top. And started to dismantle the pyramid in a brutal way to find the treasure.

THE europeans didn’t believe his story. The mysterious Africa the land of blacks couldn’t have this high quality jewelries. Ferlini wrote a catalogue to describe his adventure.


Here are some of the tomb raider confessions

“While I was resting in this manner, I was summoned by faithful servant; whereby my companion and I got up and I raced back, my heart filled with high hopes of some delightful adventure.

”Having climbed the pyramid, we found the servant laying on his stomach on the exposed surface. over an opening that had been uncovered. the blacks wanted to drag the servant aside, so that they could reach down ”.

Having sent for some other faithful servants, we let them continue the work in our presence. The exposed opening was founded of poorly laid stones and permitted us a dim view into a cavity and its contents(in the rubble filling of the pyramid).

We had the large that lay above it removed, exposing a rectangular chamber whose four walls consisted of large blocks that were parallel to the steps of outer surface of the pyramid. The chamber was roughly five high and six or seven feet square.

The Gold

The first thing we saw was a large object covered by white cloth of cotton or linen, but the ancient cloth fell into shreds at a mere touch. Beneath it there emerged a four sided be(Cataletto) or bier (bara)made of wood, supported by four smooth feet shaped like round staves, and with sides formed of numerous pieces of wood, alternating large and small, depicting symbolic figures.

Under this bier I found a bronze vase, which contained objects wrapped in cloths of the same type as the above-mentioned.On the floor of the chamber next to the vase lay bits of glass paste and stones strung on threads into chains, also amulets , little idols, a metal case, little turned boxes, a saw, a mallet, and numerous other objects.

I gathered everything I had found and packed into leather satchels and in this manner hid the gold from ARABS. At night I pulled out of the satchels the precious objects that I will describe in my catalogue, I studied them with my soul filled with joy, I admired the gold work, and upon seeing the quantity of it, I realized it had to exceed greatly all that which I knew was spread throughout the museums of Europe. The carved stones, I felt , not only equaled the best works of the Greeks, but even surpassed them

The fate of the treasure

Ferlini wanted to drew attention to his unique findings. Publishing catalogue about the gold brought him the concern of Ludwig 1 of Bavaria who bought some of the cache in 1840 adding ninety objects to the Royal antiquarian. Now (The Staatliche Sammlung Agyptischer Kunst, in Munich).

.The destruction of the precious pyramid in this brutal way shocked thee archaeologists. They are still excavating the site for more discoveries.

The GREAT SUDANESE KANDAKA AMANISHAKHITO 300 B.C fought the Romans. Her inscriptions are telling us how powerful she was. She was followed by Kandaka AmaniRenas who continued her war and defeated Romans.

The rest of the treasure stayed with a British agent in London.

Lepsius another treasures hunter learned about the GOLD. Hence he tried to convince the Prussian ruler to purchase it, but the ruler refused. Lepsius decided to start his famous expedition in the Nile valley (1942-45).



The Gold of Meroe by Karl-Heinz Priese


Hi there

Renas application is featuring the Abaya designer Shahd Abadi the owner of the trademark Zone of Art and Design ZAD.

The inspiration.

Zone of art and design (ZAD). A designer store in khartoum-Sudan. This beautiful store was founded by Shahd Abadi. A Sudanese scientist with a master degree in biochemistry. Shahd discovered early that she has a great passion towards designing Abayas. At the high school she started to design abayas for herself and family. Those early designs were unique, subsequently they guided her to a professional designing career.

The Revolution

The traditional Sudanese women dress is called thoob, still dominating in the Sudan. It is too beautiful with it’s endless designs and materials. However wearing abayas became a trend in Sudan lately. The abaya is too easy to wear, specially for the young generation.

Shahd with her unique designs, great material that suits the weather in the Sudan and affordable prices has invaded the markets.

Great demand of her beautifully designed abayas certainly was a surprise. The success encouraged shahd to start her adventure. ZAD designer store was launched in 2016. As the first designer store for abayas in Khartoum. An adventure led her to become one of the most successful young entrepreneurs.

the store became a big showroom. ZADabayas invade the Sudanese market. abayas now are every where.

Eventually Shahd became an idol. A motive speaker to inspire young women to pursuit their dreams. Despite the unstable conditions lately in Sudan, due to the revolution. However ZAD continues to expand.

take a tour in that spectacular store in Renas application. download the app from Google play

Lamia Salih

Kandaka Amani Renas

The queen Amani Renas from the Meroitic Kushitic Kingdom is a great fighter. She defeated the Romans and built a strong kingdom. The women were very strong at the Meroitic the informationabout her from wikipedia


Queen of Kush
Stele hamadab.JPG

Meroitic Stela found at Hamadab
Reignc. 40–10 BC
Born60s–50s BC
Diedc. 10 BC
Jebel Barkal(Bar. 4?)
Full name
Ameniras, Qore and Kandake
Full nameAmeniras, Qore and Kandake
Full name
Ameniras, Qore and Kandake
DynastyMeroitic period

Her full name and title was Amnirense qore li kdwe li (“Ameniras, Qore and Kandake”).[1]

Said among locals to have meant (” Amani is her name “) and the term kandake, pronounced kandaka means queen or strong female ruler.

She reigned from about 40 BC to 10 BC. She is one of the most famous kandakes, because of her role leading Kushite armies against the Romans in a war that lasted five years, from 27 BC to 22 BC. After an initial victory when the Kushites attacked Roman Egypt, they were driven out of Egypt by Gaius Petronius and the Romans established a new frontier at Hiere Sycaminos (Maharraqa).[2][3] Amanirenas was described as brave, and blind in one eye.

Meroitic inscriptions give Amanirenas the title of qore as well as kandake suggesting that she was a ruling queen. She is usually considered to be the queen referred to as “Candace” in Strabo‘s account of the Meroitic war against the Roman Empire. Her name is associated with those of Teriteqas and Akinidad, but the precise relationship between these three is not clear in the historical record.[4]

The early tombraiders stole the gold, unfortunately they have destroyed the pyramids to find the treasures. The collection of the fabulous belonging of the queens is in Berlin museum

I am so passionate about this forgotten civilization and so eager to reveal to the world through sharing this heritage with the world.
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