Ramallah

The Ramallah Region

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 19.07.2006:


This is indigo- dyed linen with mainly red silk embroidery. The dress has had its wing sleeves removed and short ones with Bethlehem embroidery inserted. The close-up shows the back panel with the 'tall palms' (nakhleh 'ali) motif. All the outlining are feathers' (riish).

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The Ramallah Region

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 19.07.2006:


Ramallah -area thob- early British Mandate period: This white linen thob with its arrangements of motifs is typical of Ramallah-area embroidery. The qabbeh (chest panel), which is worked straight on to the material, has the V-shape called kaus. The tooth-petal rosettes either side of the(...)

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The Ramallah Region

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 19.07.2006:


Ramallah area thob British Mandate period. This white linen thob is a good example of the work of the villages around Ramallah which were influenced by the latter's style but preferred more embroidery down the sides of their costumes. The tree motif seen on the sleeves and up the front of the dress is sar(...)

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The Ramallah Region

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 19.07.2006:


Ramallah -area thob- early British Mandate period: This white linen thob with its arrangements of motifs is typical of Ramallah-area embroidery. The qabbeh (chest panel), which is worked straight on to the material, has the V-shape called kaus. The tooth-petal rosettes either side of the neck opening are qam(...)

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Reflections on Spring in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.06.2006:

Spring: narcissus and iris, anemone and lupine, cyclamen and tulip, daisies and buttercups, hundreds of flowers, all different in kind and colour, all different in bloom and leaf, all part of a glorious manifestation of life, of the immortality of being, in spring, every year in Palestine.

I grew up with an intimacy of spring. As a child I would rejoice to see the first anemone and wo(...)

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The Embroidery of Ramallah

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.06.2006:

By Nuha Musleh

This is the first article in a series on Palestinian embroidery and especially that of the Ramallah area, looking at the meaning of the patterns used and their significance, the stories behind them and their importance in Palestinian folklore. This article will look at Ramallah's festive attire, referring to an article that was written in 1935 by Grace Crowfoot and Phy(...)

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Hanan Ashrawi: Metamorphosis

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 28.05.2006:

Ramallah, June 10, 1989

The Day Yasser was shot his mother turned

to stone; draped with the flag, his makeshift shroud,

she held her ground at the deserted town

square. Each chilly dawn she clutched a torch

of modest flowers - jasmine, daisies, and roses

from her garden - while bewildered soldiers

driving by, returning from their night shift, w(...)

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Maha Abu Dayyeh

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 07.05.2006:

Maha Abu Dayyeh is director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC) in Jerusalem.

"My office is close to my house—I just walk across the street. Now, the Wall ends just before the intersection of where I cross. When its construction is completed, I will have to drive all the way through Qalandia checkpoint, turn right around, and cross the checkpoint again and go to (...)

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