The Concept for Ran Dhihafaheh Note Series (Dhivehinnaai Dhivehiraajje’)
The Ran Dhihafaheh note series is based on the theme "Maldives and the Maldivian people." The different illustrations depict the country's unique natural beauty, and the culture and craftsmanship of the Maldivians.
In this sense, each singular note is a modern representation of different aspects of what makes us “Maldivian”, setting us apart from the rest of the world.
Each note has been given a distinct topic and a representative colour for ease of use. Mixed media has been used as the main design, combining traditional acrylic / water colour with a semi-realistic style used in the colouring.
The Beauty in Our Surrounding
The note illustrates the numerous sea creatures that thrive in our vast tropical waters, which essentially is the biggest attraction that supports our economy’s main source of income, the tourism industry.
The blue colour of the note represents our oceans that provide an ideal environment for rare species, some that are considered endangered, and are protected all over the world.
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
The green turtle is a common sight for the tourists that come to snorkel in our waters. All types of turtles and rays are protected species in the Maldives.
Whale shark (Rhincodon typus)
Maldives is the only destination where whale sharks can be seen all year round, and is the main reason why South Ari Atoll (where they are most prominent) is a Marine Protected Area.
The background pattern used on the reverse side of the note shows the pattern found on the skin of whale sharks.
Communication and Our Social Connectivity
The note illustrates that our economy is entirely connected through various means of communication, despite being geographically dispersed.
Gray being a neutral color is used in this note because it is the most appropriate color to represent things which are enjoyed by everyone.
Men playing football
Football is a sport which a lot of Maldivians enjoy watching as well as playing. Maldivians celebrate the victory achieved in such games with a lot of enthusiasm.
Conch shell (Sangu)
Conch Shell is a medium used by the government to gather people to communicate with them in early days. It serves as an apt example of how far we have progressed, as numerous modern alternatives of modes of communication are now available.
The line pattern used in the background of the note depicts the social connectivity between different regions of the country.
Represents the two main traditional aspects of Maldivian culture; our traditional music, and our national tree (the coconut palm).
Golden yellow has been used in this note to represent the importance of upholding our traditions, and to depict our golden days.
Toddy tapper (Ruh’ erun)
The coconut palm has a myriad of uses; particularly for food and drink, making shelter and vessels, and many other aspects of Maldivian culture. Each part of the palm tree has different native names and uses.
The oldest drum displayed in the National museum (Boduberu)
Loosely translated to ‘large drum’, Boduberu goes as far back as the 11th Century AD and involves groups of 20 or so people singing songs of heroism, romance or satire to a traditional beat.
The background pattern used on the reverse side of the note was inspired from designs found on traditional drums (Boduberu).
Our Industrial and Economic Progress
Depicts the progress that the Maldivian economy has made throughout the years. Various industries like transport, tourism, fisheries and trade, have improved at a very fast pace.
The colour of this note is purple, as this colour is often associated with wealth, luxury and status.
A fisherman carrying a skipjack tuna and a yellowfin tuna
Fishing is one of the earliest economic activities of Maldivians, and still serves as an important means of livelihood for those in outer atolls.
A traditional sail boat (Dhoani)
The traditional sail boat serves as an apt example of how far we have progressed, since numerous modern alternatives are now available as modes of transport.
The background pattern used on the reverse side of the note is a line pattern representing an aerial view of islands and reefs in the Maldives.
Our Unity and Islamic Values
Show the strength in faith and unity of Maldivians.
Green, being the secondary color on our national flag, symbolises peace, progress and prosperity. It is also used to depict our one hundred percent Muslim population.
A boy reciting the Holy Quran
Reciting Quran is one of the cornerstones of Islam, and it is as common now, as it was years ago in history, for children to learn to recite the scripture early on.
The minaret (munnaaru) of the Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiy).
The Friday Mosque and accompanying minaret, both historical monuments located in the capital Male’, are representative of the Islamic lineage passed on from our ancestors.
The background pattern used on the reverse side is made from stone carving patterns found inside the Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiy) .
Nationalism and Our Native Language
Represents the uniqueness of being Maldivian, and the pride of our people.
This note also shows the different transitions of our language, from pre-Islamic Eveyla Akuru, to the Dhives Akuru, from which we finally adopted the Thaana alphabet used today this day. The other aspect shown is our traditional attire.
Red, being the primary colour on our national flag, is always associated with nationality and is in itself a symbol of our individuality as a country.
Woman in one of the Maldivian traditional dresses (libaas), working on the neckline (kasabu) of a similar dress
The kasabu, a fabric design composed of threads of different colours, is used to decorate the neckline and sleeves of the traditional Dhivehi libaas.
The early Dhivehi scripture Dhambidhoo Loamaafaanu
Loamaafaanu are copper plates with Maldivian text inscriptions, the only form in which old Maldivian texts have been passed down, dated as early as the twentieth century AD. These copper plates were written in our ancient scripture Eveyla Akuru.
The background pattern found on the reverse side of the note was made using old Dhivehi alphabet Dhives Akuru.
Our Ancestral Craftsmanship
Shows the creativity and craftsmanship of Maldivians, and the long-established skills passed down from generations. Our ancestors used basic raw materials and tools that were readily available at that time to create functional household items that were used from the most common man to royalty.
As orange is often associated with energy and creativity, the colour used in this note represents the artisan work of Maldivians.
The act of wood carving, wood worker fashioning an intricate design using mallet and chisel
Crafts such as intricate designing on stone and wood are rarely practised in the current times, and such designs are only seen in historic mosques and tombs across the Maldives.
Traditional hand carved naalhi (measuring cup) with lacquer work detailing
This was used in the royal palace, and this type of cups and vases show how dedicated craftsmen used common materials to create highly intricate artifacts worthy of admiration.
The background pattern used on the reverse side of the note is a pattern called Kuriboantaa found on traditional hand weaved mats made out of hay (thun’du kunaa).