Palestine: Palestinian Home Decor and Artifact Showcase

Palestinian Home Decor and Artifact Showcase

Traditional Clothing

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

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. 

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Abayah - Traditional Women's Clothing

Ceramic Glassware

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. 

Hand Painted Ceramic Glassware
Handpainted Ceramic Glassware

Mother of Pearl

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.

Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl

Olive Wood

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. 

Olive Wood
Olive Wood

 

About Palestine

Palestine, recognized officially as the State of Palestine by the United Nations and other entities, is a de jure sovereign state in Western Asia claiming the West Bank and Gaza Strip with Jerusalem as the designated capital, although its administrative center is currently located in Ramallah.

Culture

Palestine – the Holy Land has a rich culture that goes back thousands of years. Palestinians come from the area located between the east shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. This area was among the earliest in the world to see human habitation, agricultural communities and civilization.

During the Bronze Age, independent Canaanite city-states were established, and were influenced by the neighbouring civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Minoan, Crete, and Syria. Palestine is the birthplace of some of the world’s major religions. The region has a magnificent history as a crossroads for religion, trade, culture, and politics.

Food

Palestinian cuisine consists of foods from or commonly eaten by Palestinians—, Palestinian, Jordan, refugee camps in nearby countries as well as by the Palestinian diaspora. The cuisine is a diffusion of the cultures of civilizations that settled in the region of Palestine, particularly during and after the Islamic era beginning with the Arab Ummayad conquest, then the eventual Persian-influenced Abbasids and ending with the strong influences of Turkish cuisine, resulting from the coming of the Ottoman Turks. It is similar to other Levantine cuisines, including Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian.

Cooking styles vary by region and each type of cooking style and the ingredients used are generally based on the climate and location of the particular region and on traditions. Rice and variations of kibbee are common in the Galilee. The West Bank engages primarily in heavier meals involving the use of taboon bread, rice and meat and coastal plain inhabitants frequent fish, other seafood, and lentils. The Gaza cuisine is a variation of the Levant cuisine, but is more diverse in seafood and spices. Gaza's inhabitants heavily consume chili peppers too. Meals are usually eaten in the household but dining out has become prominent particularly during parties where light meals like salads, bread dips and skewered meats are served.

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