Wall-Hanging - 'Qabba' (medium)
Embroidered in the style of a 'Qabba', the chest panel of a traditional women's costume, by women in the Ramallah area of the central West Bank.
Size: 32cm x 21.5cm
Artisan: Melkite Pastoral Centre (West Bank)
The Melkite Pastoral Centre was established in 1988 in the city of Ramallah during by the sisters of Greek Catholic (Melkite) Church Centre.
Working with women from villages around Ramallah, the Melkite Church provides fabric and thread for women to embroider, in exchange for a salary. The products are inspired by traditional designs that decorate Palestinian women's dresses, and symbolically represent the hills, trees, and flowers of the country.
The villages suffer from high unemployment, poor infrastructure and a lack of social services, and the women's income from the embroidery work means that families can afford schooling for their children, medicine for the elderly, and daily needs such as food and clothing.