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Embroidery from Palestine

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 20.03.2007:

Shelagh Weir

This book focuses on the spectacular embroidery that flourished in rural Palestine in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. During this period Arab village women embellished their ceremonial costumes with a variety of materials and techniques: lustrous silk floss embroidery, intricate cord couching, and taffeta and satin patchwork. Embroidery styles varied throughout the country, so that each garment was both a work of art and an expression of village and regional identity.

Shelagh Weir outlines the cultural context in which this beautiful work was produced, describes the main types of ornamentation, and explains how and why fashions changed through time. Over twenty pieces are illustrated in full and in detail, with captions identifying their provenances and highlighting their most important aesthetic features. Also provided are a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading. Designers and artists cannot fail to be inspired by the striking colors and patterns of this superb example of human creativity.

Shelagh Weir, former curator for Middle Eastern ethnography at the British Museum, is the author of Spinning and Weaving in Palestine.

Series: Fabric Folios


Table of Contents:



The Design Portfolio


Selected Reading

Museum Accession Numbers


Picture Credits


Pub Date:

February 2007






Paper: $24.95

Subject Listing:


Bibliographic information:

88 pp., 100 color illus., glossary, 8.5 x 9 in.

Territorial rights:

Rights in U.S., Canada, and the Philippine Republic only

University of Washington Press

Modified: February 28, 2007

Distributed in the USA by University of Washington Press

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