Handicrafts & Artifacts

Clothes of People

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 28.01.2007:

In the past people used to wear simple clothes that were all very similar in their general appearance. In the hot weather men wore a long white dress made of cotton. On the head they wore a piece of cloth hanging down to the back and fixed round the head by another thin piece of cloth. In winter they wore on the top of these clothes a long oriental cloak generally made of camel hair. Women wo(...)

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The Land Warden

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

Among the observed traditions during the season of figs and grapes was that children would guard the vineyards. Their fathers would erect sheds for them to sit in during their vigil. In the large vineyards the peasant would build a watch tower or a "castle", cylindrically shaped about three meters high and with a diameter of three meters. On the top of this watch tower, he would build a shed (...)

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The Blessed Tree

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

The Blessed Tree is the olive tree blessed by God. Due to its diverse uses, the ancients and modernists alike respect it. Palestine has long been famous for the great number of olive trees found here. On the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem there are still a few trees dating back to the time of Christ. The olive tree is coniferous and may live hundreds of years. The diameter of the large tree may(...)

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Stone / quarries

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

The industries of stone - cutting and sculpture are as old as time. Stone cutting for building began in Bethlehem's stone -quarries, one of which was at the site of Jrun il-Hummus opposite the Tantur convent, and it is buried today. There was another stone - quarry at Al-Moradeh site in the Nativity Street, and it is also buried under buildings which were erected over the quarry. The white st(...)

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Tourist Products

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 23.01.2007:

The idea of manufacturing tourist products first appeared with the arrival of pilgrims from abroad, who frequently came to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where Lord Jesus, the Messenger of love and peace, was born. Craftsmen invented the manufacture of rosaries from olive and palm stones. Tourists bought them and respectfully ca(...)

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Palestine Folk Heritage

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 15.12.2006:

Roots and Characteristics

While most people search for their roots for social and academic reasons, the Palestinians search for their roots in order to emphasize their culture identity; the obliteration of which has been the objective of many evil forces, including Zionism

And Imperialism. These forces try, not only to deny, but to wipe out Palestinians from existence. Th(...)

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Palestinian Women in Proverbs

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 15.12.2006:

The persecution of women through the ages had obliged them to use cunning and deceit to defend themselves to use cunning and deceit to defend themselves cleverly and indirectly. Some proverbs thus way: "Women's cunning is stronger than men's", "Women's tricks defeated those of the Ghoul's", or even "The Devil's", When we look at the antithesis and look for proverbs which dignify women, we fin(...)

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Portrayal of Women in Palestinian Proverbs

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 15.12.2006:

Our society's attitude towards women, as it seen in our popular proverbs, is most unfair and cruel. Here are the most prominent features:

The pre-Islamic tradition of female infanticide is still found in some of our proverbs:"His sister died, this reflects his good intention ","A girl's true protection is her grave ", "If her sister dies, your honor is protected". A girl, to those who (...)

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Palestinian Embroidery and Textiles

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.12.2006:

A Nation’s Tale

By Khader Musleh

Embroidery for Palestinians represents a bridge that connects the current context to their history before the Diaspora. This is one of the main reasons that Palestinian women adhere to the traditional attire that has powerfully portrayed their lifestyle and traditions for hundreds of years.

Many of the motifs we now see on modern Palestini(...)

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Weaving

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 07.11.2006:

Hebron and the southern region of Palestine were famed for their weaving crafts. The peasants and bedouin of these areas relied primarily on herding for their livelihood, their sheep and goats being a vulnerable source of meat and milk as well as wool.

The weaving seasons started in spring and lasted until September or October, or as long as the weather remained dry, since weaving was (...)

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