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Scarf - 'Spider' design

Scarf - 'Spider' design


Scarf embroidered with the "House of Spider" design, a traditional Arabic design. Narrow rectangle shape perfect to throw around your shoulders, with fringe finish along edges. 100% cotton. Hand wash, line dry.

Size: 40cm x 170cm

Artisan: UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project (Gaza Strip)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) established the Sulafa Embroidery Project in 1950 as a part of their Social Service Programme.  The project provides income-generating opportunities for hundreds of refugee women through a network of 9 community centres throughout the Gaza Strip.

Women in Gaza have been bearing an increasing burden of supporting their families.  Women, by receiving the embroidery work, earn an average of US$40 per month, a significant amount in the area where a majority of people live below the poverty line (US$2/day per household).  Although it is labour-intensive and time-consuming work, hundreds of women are willing to embroider as many stitches as they can while juggling household responsibilities, in exchange for a wage that would afford basic subsistence for their families' survival.  The Gazan women's artisanship and resilient spirits are reflected in the beauty of their products.  

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