The Celi Pen
In this second video in my series on materials used for Arabic and Islamic calligraphy, today I’m showcasing the Celi (Jali) pen. The Celi pen is the traditional tool for large-scale writing in Arabic and Islamic calligraphy. It is made from a wide section of bamboo, with long grooves cut in the nib of the pen to hold ink. This would be the pen used in the writing of utilitarian banners or posters traditionally, or could be cut down to a smaller width for large-size levhas, calligraphic pieces.