Handicrafts & Artifacts


Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 07.11.2006:

In the villages, pottery vessels were traditionally handmade by women. The potter's wheel was used only in the towns, where men were the potters, producing a different sort of functional pottery for the market. The women of the villages of the Sinjil, Beituna and Ramallah we(...)

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Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 07.11.2006:

Various basketry articles from the Sinjil area north of Ramallah, 1960s. From left to right: a tray (tabaq); a bowl; a wall decoration with a pocket for trinkets; and a trinket box (quteh). The latter two articles are decorated with floss silk.

After the wheat had bee(...)

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Embroidery Traditions

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 18.10.2006:

Women's embroidery gatherings contributed to solidifying and intensifying community ties, whether they took place under the shade of carob trees or grape arbors, or at home around a fire. Women gathered to exchange patterns and discuss new stitches and color schemes. Girls would start embroidering their own dresses at the age of nine or ten, and many spent their spare time as young teenagers (...)

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The Glass industry in Hebron

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 26.09.2006:

Exquisite dark blue and dark green glassware adorn many Palestinian homes, particularly in the Hebron area, the most famous site for the traditional colorful glass factories. An industry which dates back to the Chinese and ancient Egyptians, this handicraft was first introduced in Palestine during the Roman times. It is currently produced by very few families in Hebron and the secrets of the (...)

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Fishermen in Gaza anno 2006

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 26.09.2006:

Unknown future

September 26 - Gaza City -- Abu Hasan, 47 years old, was sitting under a tent fixing his fishing nets, while the fishing boats are idle in front of his eyes. He is one of the fishermen who are waiting patiently for the Israeli warships to let him earn his living by fishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Abu Hasan is a refugee living in the Beach Camp in Gaza City.

He s(...)

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Au­then­tic Pal­es­tinian Em­broi­dery

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.09.2006:

By: Nuha Muslih


A main characteristic of Palestinian ethnic art is embroidered costumes worn by women during various ceremonies. This importance does not stem only from the artistic and stylish motifs re­flect೿ed on these pieces but also from the social values, norms and modes that were associated with this type of art before dismantling the Pal­es­tin೿i೿an so­ci­e೿ty i(...)

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Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.09.2006:

Maro Sandrouni

Armenians adopted Christianity in the early fourth century, becoming the first nation to accept Christianity as its official religion. Thereafter, Armenian pilgrimage to the Holy Land was essential. Churches were built, institutions were founded and a whole neighbourhood was established in Jerusalem, which later became known as the Armenian Quarter. All this le(...)

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Palestinian Jewellery

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 24.08.2006:

A variety of silver bracelets, necklaces, chockers, hair ornaments and rings were worn by villagers and bedouin and made by silversmiths based in all the main towns. Like garments, Palestinian jewellery was subject to continual foreign influence. Silversmiths can easy travel with their craft, and many migrated to Palestine from other parts of Arabia during periods of Levantine prosperity or h(...)

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Men Head Wear

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 21.07.2006:

Until the 1930s, men's head wear was a clear marker of the major divisions of Palestinian society: men were most immediately recognizable as townsmen, villagers or bedouin by what they wore on their heads. Head wear also proclaimed religious affiliation, political positions and wealth, and possibly also regional origins.

The head wear of villagers was the most complicated, and had the (...)

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The Embroidery of Gaza

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 21.07.2006:

Along the southern coastal end of Palestine lies the ancient Philistia with Gaza, Isdud and Ascalon as its main towns. Majdal, the weaving centre that has already been mentioned, stands slightly inland from Gaza. A few kilometers southwards was the busy market-town of Khan Yunis. It was a centre for the Bedu of the Negeb desert and was described briefly by a certain Bimbashi McPherson (1983) (...)

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