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Palestinian Traditional Wedding Dresses, an Exhibition in Bethlehem

Couching, cross and satin stitches, patchwork style on indigo and other natural colours on cotton and satin: the art of embroidery,considered part of the Arab culture,  was shown at the 'Palestinian traditional dresses Exhibition'.

It was promoted by the Italian Cooperation Office and helded at the Peace Center, in Bethlehem, from 10 to 13 of December. Historically, both Bedouin and village women made their own costumes for festive occasions, like weddings and religious feasts: dresses generally had a loose fitting cut that allowed considerable freedom of movement.
Decorative embellishments presented distinctive elements according to the specific area of production: the garment in the Palestinian tradition was one of the features that indicated regional identity. In the North, the yelek was a typical coat distinctive of the Galilee region.
The costumes of the Jaffa, Nablus and Ramallah regions had many similarities in terms of fabric colour and motif distribution. All of them used black, indigo, or white linen with geometric and floral motifs. Embroidery distinctive feature: the Ramallah dress contained abstract pictorials of the tall palm, the leech, stars, birds, and the Ramallah moon.Southern dresses are done in a rich variety of styles.
The Canaanites lived in the area over three thousands years ago. Common patterns reflect the millennia-long history of this land, that is the reason why Palestinian Cross stitch embroidery has become an important symbol of Palestinian culture. The designs are derived from sources of ancient mythology and foreign occupation.