Embroidery from Palestine
This book focuses on the spectacular embroidery that flourished in rural Palestine in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. During this period Arab village women embellished their ceremonial costumes with a variety of materials and techniques: lustrous silk floss embroidery, intricate cord couching, and taffeta and satin patchwork. Embroidery styles varied throughout the country, so that each garment was both a work of art and an expression of village and regional identity.
Shelagh Weir outlines the cultural context in which this work was produced, describes the main types of ornamentation, and explains how and why fashions changed through time. Over twenty pieces are illustrated in full and in detail, with captions identifying their provenances and highlighting their most important aesthetic features. Also provided are a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading. Designers and artists cannot fail to be inspired by the striking colors and patterns of this superb example of human creativity.
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19th century 19th or early applique applique panels Arab area DRESS Beit Dajan Beit Jala best dress Bethlehem area BETHLEHEM EMBROIDERY bride chest panel chest square COAT COAT-DRESS commissioned from professional costume and embroidery couching cross stitch cross-stitch embroidery decorated DMC threads DRESS THOB early 20th century embroidered embroidery and patchwork fashions filled with satin floss silk Galilee Gaza Strip geometric girl groom's contribution Halimeh Hebron indigo-blue cotton inserts Jaffa JILLAYEH Jordan language of embroidery late 19th main fabric mainly malak dresses Mejdel mercerized cotton METALLIC CORD multicoloured Nablus natural linen ornamented overleaf Palestinian costume Palestinian embroidery Palestinian National Authority patches professional embroiderers Ramallah red and yellow red silk stripes refugees running stitch satin atlas satin stitch selvedge sewn SKIRT PANEL south-west coastal plain southern Palestine Syria Textiles tishrimeh trousseau garments Tulkarm VEIL velvet village women wedding trousseau weft West Bank woman wore worn yellow taffeta heremzi yoke ZIGZAG EDGES