Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery (tatriz in Arabic) is a beautiful example of Palestinian handicraft. Historically, this work was typically produced by village and Bedouin women in a wide variety of styles.
It is a rich artistic tradition of ancient origins, characterized by elaborate patterns and vibrant colors through which Palestinian women express their creativity, culture, and sense of regional identity.
Most embroidery imported by the Middle East Children's Alliance is from Gaza, where artists work under incredibly difficult conditions. Your purchase helps to keep this ancient craft alive. All proceed from the sale of these items are ed to support Meca's programs in Palestine.
only photo from shop on the website. All other photos for this page are in the folder from Palestine.
Fakhoury Pottery and Karakashian Pottery in Hebron and Jerusalem respectively supply most of our beautiful hand painted ceramics. The lead-free, dishwasher-and microwave-safe bowls, cups, trays and other items are decorated in traditional designs.
The Fakhoury’s come from a long line of potters and, in fact, the name Fakhoury even means “potter” in Arabic. Their shop is located in the old city of Hebron where Israeli soldiers and settlers routinely physically and verbally harass Palestinians. Despite the difficulties, the family is determined to keep their store open and their craft alive.
The Karakashian studio in Jerusalem continues the family tradition that began in 1922 when Megerditch Karakashian came to Jerusalem to help renovate the Dome of the Rock. All the motifs are traditional designs: birds, peacocks, gazelles, fish, and various floral patterns.
Each piece is hand painted with a hand-made brush. After the wares are colored, they are hand dipped in a clear glaze and fired.
In Palestine, traditional crafts are under increasing threat. Many workshops are on the verge of closing and artisans cannot afford to continue their craft. Your purchase helps to keep this ancient craft alive.
These ceramics are imported from Palestine by the Middle East Children’s Alliance. All proceeds from sale of these items are used to support our programs in Palestine.
The city of Hebron is known worldwide for its glass blowers and designers. Glass factories have been a feature of this city since the Middle Ages.
As you enter one of these factories, the temperature rises dramatically because of the factory Furnace (aI-furun) located in the center of the factory. The aI furun is surrounded by two to four glass blowers who, as though playing a musical instrument, pull the glass out as semi-liquid, and blow through a pipe to form an object. The shaping process continues with a metal instrument (kammasha) and the vessel is complete. Then the glass is put aside into a small
chamber adjacent to the furnace to cool down.
This process is repeated every two to three minutes in an amazingly fluid movement in spite of the boiling heat. The traditional intense colors of Hebron glass include dark and light blue, turquoise, and light and dark green. More recently, they have adapted to include popular frosted glass.
In Palestine, traditional crafts are under increasing threat. Many workshops are on the verge of closing and artisans cannot afford to continue their craft. Your purchase helps to keep this ancient craft alive. Hebron glass pieces are imported from Palestine by the Middle East Children's Alliance. All proceeds from the sale of these items are used to support our programs in Palestine.
A valuable wood s species, olive wood is harvested from branches of olive trees that have been pruned at the completion of olive-picking season. It takes a six-step process and 45 days for a piece of wood to turn into a beautiful piece of art. Skilled craftspeople spend six to seven years in training in order to become professional craftspeople.
The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative, a and based in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, is working to alleviate poverty and assist artisans in the marketing of products. They aim to increase income levels, decrease emigration, and sustain n the Palestinian handicraft industry by assisting members with marketing, obtaining raw materials, and helping to develop technical and managerial expertise.
In Palestine, traditional crafts are under increasing threat. Many workshops are on the verge of closing and artisans cannot afford to continue their craft. Your purchase helps to keep this ancient craft alive. Olive wood items Children's Alliance. All proceeds from the sale of these items are used to support our programs in Palestine.
This award-winning, first press, extra virgin olive oil is aromatic and flavorful. It is this year’s harvest from villages around Ramallah supplied by Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), a certified fair trade organization.
UAWC is a Palestinian grassroots organization established in 1986 to organize Palestinian farmers from rural areas into agricultural cooperatives and committees, sharing technology and integrated production projects. Your purchase supports sustainable markets for Palestinian farmers. Imported by the Middle East Children’s Alliance.
Traditional Woven Rugs
50 women and 2 men from the village of Samoa in the southern West Bank worked on making beautiful hand- woven rugs and pillow cases through their work for the Samoa Charitable Society. They cleaned and dried the wool, spun into yarn, dyed it and then wove it into the pieces you see in front of you. The poverty level in this village is very high because Israel has confiscated approximately 25,000 acres of their agricultural land for building the apartheid wall, settlements and other occupation infrastructure.
Beit Doqu is near Jerusalem but is cut off from Jerusalem by the Israel apartheid road systems. Their small jewelry workshop provides the women with new skills in jewelry making and finishing using silver and brass.
Silver Tent Jewelry is handmade by Jahalin Bedouin women living in Palestine using sterling silver, copper, brass aluminium, semi- precious stone and other recycled materials. The Silver Tent is a Bedouin women’s cooperative in Anata Palestine that works on fair trade principles and makes jewelry from silver, copper, aluminium, stones and silk. Additional Palestinian jewelry was made by Halimeh Sarabtah and Nadya Hazbunova, two young artisans in Bethlehem.