Passed down from generation to generation, embroidery has become a major symbol of Palestinian identity. Originally a cultural expression of rural women, its patterns, fabrics, motifs and colors indicated a women’s place of origin as well as her social and marital status.
Following the “Nakba” of 1948 and the 1967 war, this village craft, in Arabic referred to as “Al Tatreez,” has become a national symbol among the Palestinian diaspora. At the same time, its survival has been threatened by societal changes following the wars.
However, small initiatives have started revitalizing the traditional craft, providing an income-generating source for Palestinian women and introducing Palestinian embroidery to the modern world of fashion.