A traditional embroidered Palestinian dress

This past weekend, LynnAnnRose and I attended the annual International Folk Art Market held outside the Museum of International Folk Art here in Santa Fe. I have dozens of photos to go through and post.

I’m wearing an amazingly beautiful cross stitch-embroidered dress I bought Saturday. Everything in this booth was handmade by Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip. Cross stitch embroidery is traditional to the region, and such dresses contain important cultural motifs, many of which pre-date Islam.

Visit the online store for the Sulafa Embroidery Center here: http://sulafa.org.

Their website says, “The Sulafa Embroidery Centre was initiated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in 1950, to provide work for women in Gaza’s refugee camps. The World Bank assesses Gaza as having the highest unemployment rate in the world, making women’s embroidery income essential to their households.”

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