Embroidered Dress from GazaSKU: EAP135
Embroidered Dress from Gaza
Traditional dress embroidered from Palestine.
Dimensions: Bust width 36", shoulder width across 17", sleeve length 24", shoulder to hem length 60", hip width 42".
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. Palestinian women express their creativity, culture, and sense of regional identity through this rich artistic tradition, characterized by elaborate patterns and vibrant colors.
Most embroidery imported by MECA is from Gaza, where artists work under incredibly difficult conditions.
Sulafa is known for quality embroidery. The organization supports approximately 250 local artisan women by commissioning embroidered items. The purchase of one of these items allows these women to support their families, which often rely on one source of income.
Sulafa is more than a way for women to earn a living. It also helps to preserve the traditions within Palestinian society. Stories depicting life in Palestinian villages are conserved in dresses, scarves, pillows, bags, and other garments, making embroidery a way to tell and remember Palestinian heritage.