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title: Turathuna Bethlehem University (13): Mother of pearl
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submitted by Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program on 29.08.2009
Copyright (2009) Spirit Of Sumud Tourism Program

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Mother-of-pearl shells used to be brought to Bethlehem from the Red Sea, New Zealand and Australia and manufactured with great accuracy. These shells were soaked in water to become softer; they were then cut in pieces according to required measurements, hewn and carved; rosaries and religious articles were made from them.

There are still some mother-of-pearl workshops in the Bethlehem region, although they seem to die out.

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