Once a traditional craft practiced by village women, Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery has become an important symbol of Palestinian culture. Embroidered pieces can be found in the homes of most Palestinian families in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israel and the diaspora beyond. The popularity of embroidery springs from both its beauty and its association with the Palestine of the past. Common patterns reflect the millennia-long history of the land. The embroidery range here comes from many different women's cooperatives throughout Palestine, helping women to earn an income to support their families, while preserving the skills and artistry of this beautiful tradition.
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