palestinian embroidery: The robe, adorned with elaborate hand-stitched embroidery, requires months of grueling labour, according to CTV. Some thobes fetch thousands of dollars. Now it's gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the classic keffiyeh -- the headscarf donned by young stone-throwing Palestinian men protesting Israel's occupation. The traditional textiles call to mind a bygone era of Palestinian peasant women sewing on a break from the fields. The historic thobe conjures an ideal of pure and untouched Palestine, before the occupation, said Rachel Dedman, curator of a recent exhibit at the Palestinian Museum focused on the evolution of Palestinian embroidery. Last month, Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her mother's thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first female Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring masses of women around the world, especially in the Palestinian territories, to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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