Description of Cross-Stitched Shawl from Hebron, Palestine
"A craft can only have meaning when it serves a spiritual way."
In partnership with Women in Hebron, Rumi's Garden brings you this 100% cotton intricately embroidered stole. Traditional, yet elegant and stylish, it is a wonderful accessory for any occasion whether it be casual or formal.
The endangered traditional craft of Palestinian embroidery (tatreez) is the art of creating decorative and symbolic designs on fabric using needle and thread while sometimes incorporating objects such as shells or beads. For hundreds of years, tatreez has symbolized political resistance and is one of few sources of income for women who have become widows, divorced, impoverished or refugees.
Traditionally, women used to meet and embroider together, and during these gatherings, stories of past and present were not only told, but were incorporated into their embroideries. The art of cross-stitched embroidery was passed down to the craftswomen from their mothers and grandmothers and each Palestinian region and time-period has it's own flavor of embroidery style. Design patterns are generally derived from sources as diverse as ancient mythology dating back to the Canaanites, to images representing land, nature, family, marriage, motherhood and social status.
Rumi's Garden is honored to work with a cooperative association that aims to assist women in the Hebron district with resources to maintain an income for themselves and their families through the production of traditional Palestinian crafts and arts. One hundred and twenty women create the various items by hand which are sold throughout Hebron district. All profits are distributed amongst the craftswomen as an additional income to support their families. Since each piece is handmade, there will be inconsistencies within the various components of the textile making it completely unique and a one of a kind piece.
Maintaining Your Stole
To maintain the stole, hand-wash it with a small amount of mild wool/ silk soap or delicate non-biological wool detergent. Do not dry cleaning. Do not tumble dry. The wool softens after a wash and continues to do so with time.
Details of Stole from Palestine
۩ Type: Stole
۩ Gender: Women
۩ Material (Fibre): Cotton
۩ Technique (Process): Cross-stitched Intricate embroidery
۩ Colours: Black, Red, Blue, Green, White
۩ Approximate Size (excluding fringe): 48 cm x 136 cm
۩ Approximate Weight: 215 grams
۩ Country of Origin: Hebron, Palestine
۩ SKU: ASH-0100-048x136-010931