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Palestinian Embroidery: Palestinian Nationalism

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. ( As reported in the news.