I’ve said before – although maybe not explicitly – that I don’t think the Thaana script has been explored to its full potential. In this post, I will show you how Thaana can be so much more than the ubiquitous “Comic Sans” style font from which there is no escape anywhere in the Maldives.

I Still Don’t Know What to Call It…

I determined in the previous post that the Dhivehi word for calligraphy should be ޗާލުކުރެހުން  but that sounds funny. Maybe it should be ރީތިލިޔުން  or ލިޔުންފަންނު  or something along those lines…

Anyway, I did all these myself. I’m not a professional and I did not have the proper tools, so keep that in mind before judging me too harshly.

WARNING: GRAINY PICTURES AHEAD

ރީތިލިޔުން
ރީތިލިޔުން – this one sticks to the classic style
ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ
ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ – vertical but still flowy
ހުޅުމާލެ
ހުޅުމާލެ – this is one of my favourites
އުތީމު
އުތީމު – the little hooks are Kannada-inspired
ކޮޅުނބު
ކޮޅުނބު – block letters, no tails
މާޅޮސްމަޑުލު
މާޅޮސްމަޑުލު – the flatness and the angle give a sense of movement
ފާދިއްޕޮޅު
ފާދިއްޕޮޅު – Arabic and Latin influences
މަލިކައްޑޫ
މަލިކައްޑޫ – the connected Arabic style
ތާނައަކުރު
The evolution of Thaana
ޖާޒުބީ
Dhives Akuru handwriting – this is a Naifaru Dhohokko song
ޖީނާޔަހާން
Dhives Akuru calligraphy – a Hindi song

Hopefully now you can think of Thaana a bit differently.

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