Photographer's Note

A shisha (sheesha) is an Arabic water pipe. It is a traditional Arabic device for smoking. The hollow glass base is filled with water and attached to a vertical pipe topped with a clay bowl that contains fruit flavoured molasses and a foil sheet upon which the coal burns. The ornate embroidered hose pipe is attached to the shaft and when one inhales on the hose, the smoke is drawn down the pipe and through the water, which cools and filters it producing a calming bubbling sound. A small charcoal tablet is used to gently heat the flavour-infused tobacco blend ensuring it never burns. The resulting vapour on exhaling is incredibly smooth, sweet and aromatic.
Smoked as traditional accompaniment to friendly gatherings in tearooms, coffeehouses and cafes, friends would congregate for hours smoking, chatting and sipping mint tea.

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