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Palestine: Palestinian Home Decor and Artifact Showcase


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The traditional clothing of Palestine is a reflection of a rich culture full of old traditions and love to the details, which is beautifully expressed in their traditional clothing. The clothing is extremely rich in embroidery, however, the style depends on many factors: locality, if the person is a villager or Bedouin or townsperson, their marital status and time period.

+ABAYAH+ [Photo 1]

The traditional clothing of Palestine is extremely rich in embroidery, called “tatriz”, and is often long and flowy. An Abayah (worn below) is a form of traditional women’s clothing, which has handmade cross-stitched embroidery, representative of the city it was sewn in.


Is it common for Palestinians to decorate their homes with locally-made décor, representative of their homeland. Much of Palestine’s décor is hand made, ornate and elaborate. The hand-painted ceramic glassware (below) was made in the city of Hebron, where Prophet Abrahim lived for most of his life.


Bethlehem is the centre of the Mother of Pearl industry, which supplies beads, rosaries, inlaid work, carvings, and miscellaneous ornaments or souvenirs to all parts of the world. This industry is about 50 years old and supports the majority of the population in the Betheehem district. Mother of Pearl is the term used for the iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of the shell of some mollusks. Below is a handmade image of The Dome of the Rock located in the Old City of Jerusalem.

+OLIVE WOOD+ [Photo 4]

Olive wood carving is an ancient tradition in Palestine that continues to the present day. It involves the skillful chiseling of olive wood and is most common in the Bethlehem region. The olive wood (below) was combined with Mother of Pearl to create a handmade jewelry box.



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