Teaware of Libya
The tea set Alla is central to Libya. It consists of containers of three sizes. The biggest one is for sugar, middle sized one is used for tea and the smallest container will be used for incense.
Parts of this tea set are made of metal or stainless steel. The set includes tea trays made of the same material as well. Usually an offer of tea is accompanied with a lot of sweet meats.
These accessories form an essential part of the preparation of the bride as well. Usually mothers of brides choose a lot of materials that are needed for the house and the Allah set is one of them.
The tea ceremony usually takes place at a grandparent's house or during other religious ceremonies such as Eid. But some families have it every Friday as well. Not only the silver tea set, Shahi al- Alla includes tea pots, one for water and another for tea, a special metal cup they call Lig-gama, sugar container and tray. Everyone will gather around this set and have a good time catching up.
A special cup is used to make the “reghwa” or the foam. Tea, once poured from the pot to the mug, will be poured back and forth, again and again until this foam is formed.