Handicrafts & Artifacts

The Storage Jar (Al-Khabiya)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.06.2007:

By Khaldoun Bishara

According to the Arabic dictionary, Al-Waseet, al-khabiya (pl. khawabi) is a large jar in which water is stored. In Palestine, however, al-khabiya means a storehouse used for keeping crops.

But al-khabiya, sometimes called al-khabi’a (pl. khawabe’), is not a Palestinian invention. Ancient archaeological excavations have revealed evidence that these storage ja(...)

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Tashakeel: A haven of handmade jewellery

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.06.2007:

By Shadi Abu Ayyash and Sammy Kirreh

Flanked by two of her assistants, Hiam Rohana sits in her store, bent-double, working diligently on a glass-bead necklace. Her humble store in Ramallah, Tashakeel [formations], displays an exquisite colourful assortment of handmade glass-bead necklaces.

Hiam founded the store just before the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000. In spite (...)

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The Stone Tradition in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.06.2007:

By George Nustas

Any visitor to Palestine will be impressed by the vast use of stone in construction. Churches, mosques, public buildings, palaces, houses, and walls - old and new, exclusive and common - all share the use of local stone as the main building material, giving Palestinian towns their particular character.

Although most of our ground is composed of limestone, there (...)

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Fashion under Adversity

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 10.06.2007:

By Elie Walid Hanna

Date: July 2006

Place: Beit Sahour

Event: Haute Couture Fashion Show

Sitting among the audience awaiting the event to take place, I could not but have a smile on my face as I recalled the wording on the invitation. “Haute Couture” just did not sound right in this forsaken part of the world. Yet, I was there ... the music began and models paraded(...)

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Taybeh Beer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 10.06.2007:

Promoting Pride in Palestine

By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.

There are a few courageous entrepreneurs in the occupied Palestinian Territories who personally promote the pride in making a product in Palestine, and one of them places his signature on each and every single Taybeh Beer bottle produced at the Taybeh Brewing Company. Nadim Canaan Khoury, a risk taker and the master brewer (...)

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Embroidery and Beyond Cultural heritage provides a means for a dignified life

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.05.2007:

By Shirabe Yamada

A morning at Surif Women’s Cooperative starts early in the pristine village nestled in the Hebron hills. In the sunlit workshop, Najah and Halimeh, veteran seamstresses, spread open a roll of fabric in preparation for production. A group of village women enter with embroidered pieces that they worked on at home, exchanging greetings and friendly chatter. Najah gets up(...)

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Mother of Pearl A Traditional Palestinian Craft

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.05.2007:

By Saleem Zougbi

Although traditional Palestinian artefacts focus on embroidery and olive wood, mother of pearl artefacts belong to the more skilled domain of handcrafts produced by Palestinians in the Holy Land.

Most sea shells include a certain material that is luminous. These shells are from mollusks such as the green snail, the nautilus and sea-ear - aquatic animal species f(...)

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Palestinian invents queuing socks

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 20.03.2007:

Palestinians can find themselves waiting for hours at checkpoints

A West Bank woman has developed special socks to help Palestinians suffering from swollen feet as they wait at Israeli military checkpoints.

Maram Abdel Latif, from Jenin, spent three years on the design and produced her first prototype in February.

The socks are made from nylon and gel that moulds around w(...)

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Nablous soap

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 05.03.2007:

Natural ... Traditional ... Chunky!

By Rawan Shakaa

You can find it in supermarkets but seldom in cosmetic shops. Its chunky-white, unprofessionally wrapped package can be highly unattractive unless you are shopping with your own mother or grandmother who would proudly say, ‘This is THE soap. This is what I used to use when I was your age, and it’s the same now as it was then’.<(...)

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Tattoos

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 28.01.2007:

Tattoos are employed as a means of adornment, its most important function. It is performed by pricking parts of the body by needles after washing them with a blue solution. Gypsies, who frequented this region, were the ones who used to perform it. It was also performed by certain barbers.

The parts mostly tattooed on females are the visible parts of their bodies, such as the face, han(...)

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