Table Runner - 'Nakhle' (5 stars)
The 'nakhle' (date palm) pattern is represented in this embroidered table runner, available in the traditional red or multi-colour.
Size: 72cm long x 27cm wide
Artisan: Bethlehem Arab Women's Union (West Bank)
The Bethlehem Arab Women's Union (BAWU) has a long history of community service, dating back to 1947 when it was founded as a first aid centre to care for refugees from the first Arab-Israeli war. Among the BAWU's many activities are organising luncheons for senior citizens, activities for youth, and income-generation projects for women through food and craft production. The BAWU embroidery project, established in 1968 to respond to worsening living conditions with the beginning of the Israeli occupation, aims for the preservation and revival of Bethlehem heritage and for meeting the economic needs of women in the area. Historically the Christian and Muslim women in Bethlehem shared the common heritage of embroidery - women identified themselves by their village of origin, rather than their religion, by wearing an embroidered dress with the distinct patterns and colors of each village.
Sunbula is a Jerusalem based non-profit fair trade organisation committed to promoting social justice and economic empowerment for the marginalised in Palestine through support for local artisans and traditional handicrafts.