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Ramallah Chest Panel

Ramallah Chest Panel

Ramallah embroidery has a distinct characteristic of its own. White linen fabric, called Roumi, was woven locally with a specific width and was embellished with red and black embroidery. 

Some of the most famous motifs and patterns typical of this area are: The Leech which is Ollaiq in the form of a capital “S” is a symbol of good health and survival. The Tall Palms, the Zigzag motif, Cauliflower, Apples arch, Bachelors cushions, Bakers Wife, Carnation, Cypress Trees,  Flower pots, Foreign Rainbow, Geese, Peacock Branch, Rooster, Snake and the Serpent, Stars to name some more.

Technique: Hand painted pen work on porcelain, presserving the cross stitch designs taken from Ramallah area on porcelain.

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Olive Tree - dense

Olive Tree - dense

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Ramallah Chest Panel

Ramallah Chest Panel

Ramallah embroidery has a distinct characteristic of its own. White linen fabric, called Roumi, was woven locally with a specific width and embellished with red and black cross stitch embroidery. Some of the most famous motifs and patterns typical of this area are: The Leech, which is Ollaiq in the form of a capital "S", a symbol of good health and survival; Tall Palms, with a Zigzag motif, Cauliflower; Apples arch, Bachelors cushions, Bakers Wife, Carnation, Cypress Trees, Flowers pots, Foreing Rainbow, Geese, Peacock Branch, Rooster and the Snake and the Serpent, Stars.

Hand painted pen work on porcealin preserving the cross stitch designs from the Ramallah Region. 

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Olive Tree - Light

Olive Tree - Light

 

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Victory

Victory

V is for Victory. Inspired by the Hand of Fatima and the power of Khamsa, 5 Vs overlap one another in unison creating a sharp image based on Palestinian embroidery designs and colors from the Gaza region.

Hope Collection (piece of 1 of 5)

Technique: Hand painted pen work in cross stitch designs taken from Gaza area on porcelain.

 

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Old Chawl of Usduud

Old Chawl of Usduud

 

Hand painted pen work on porcealin preserving the cross stitch designs from the Usduud region. 

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Liberty

Liberty

Decorated with the orange blossoms, rose buds and Cypress trees from Gaza's Beit Dajan motifs, three Ls environ time represented by El Sa'a, The Hour or Watch, shaped like a Qubab or Dome symbolizing eternity, for Liberty is only a matter of time no matter how long it takes.

Hope Collection (piece of 2 of 5)

Technique: Hand painted pen work in cross stitch designs.

Right of Return

Right of Return

Two inverted Rs assert the Right of Return by depicting two resilient olive trees designed from the Ramallah area known as Irq Al-Zatoun, firmly rooting themselves into Sour Al-Quds or The Walls of Jerusalem, while the presence of two Doves pave the road of Peace. 

Hope Collection (piece of 3 of 5)

Technique: Hand painted pen work on porcealin preserving the cross stitch designs from the Ramallah region. 

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Equality

Equality

By symmetrically balancing each other in perfect harmony, two Es reflect Equality. The designs of this moving piece emanate from the floors of Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary, the Haram Al Sharif, and Gaza's famous Cushion motif, with roses and birds completing the center.  

Hope Collection (piece of 4 of 5)

Hand painted pen work on porcelain preserving the cross stitch designs.

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Bridal Chest Panel

Bridal Chest Panel

Safeguarding Women. In olden times it was believed that mythological symbols embroidered on traditional Palestinian dresses prevented the evil ghosts from harming the woman. Designed to protect her heart, four golden symbols couching-stitched on the chest panel are the center piece of contemporary Palestinian wedding dresses. The four symbols represent:

The Hand of Fatima that averts and protects; the Fish, which has become a symbol of Christ, bringing wellbeing and prosperity; the Crescent and Star symbolizing the Islamic faith; as well as the Eye deterring evil and ill intentions.

Technique: Pen work and raised enamel on a porcelain tile, using 24K gold paint.

Design inspired by Anat

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Peace

Peace

Scripted in elegant Vivaldi writing, and patterned with designs from Sur Al-Quds or The Wall of Jerusalem, a majestic P takes center stage reflecting Palestine's ultimate struggle for Peace, surrounded by two doves carrying their olive branches.

Hope Collection (piece of 5 of 5)

Hand painted pen work on porcealin preserving the cross stitch designs.

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Olive Tree - rounded

Olive Tree - rounded

 

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Villages

Villages

Villages of Palestine. Inspired by Samia Halaby’s original design, several more Palestinian cities and villages were added in Kufi script and handed painted in cross-stitch. The Brown colour was chosen, representing the soil of Palestine

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Green Textile of Palestine

Green Textile of Palestine

Malek Abu Wardeh fabric, woven in Bethlehem

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Blue Textile of Palestine

Blue Textile of Palestine

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Sisters in an olive grove

Sisters in an olive grove

Old Palestine engraved in the ancient olive tree which still bears fruits... Cross stitch depicting the Wall of Jerusalem, the flower of Ramleh and the star of Bethlehem

Technique: Hand painting using a brush and raised enamel to give each leaf a dignified luminous effect. Pen work is used for the cross stitch patterns.

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Rebelled Spirits

Rebelled Spirits

The spirits of the uprooted trees are rebelling. They nourish, give hope, beauty and light to the living one which stands majestically and refuses to be uprooted. Its roots anchored profoundly in  the land of Palestine to secure its survival for future generations.

Other spirits rebel by finding their way in the landscape in the form of Palestinian cross-stitch motifs: the Palm Trees; Olive Leaves; Vine Fields; Mountains of Jerusalem and the Stars of Hebron and Bethlehem, all of which shed peace, harmony and serenity around.

Technique: Hand painting on porcelain using enamel for raised work on the olive leaves. Cross stitch in pen work, brush and special colours were used as well. Several firings at high temperature were required.

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Kuffieh 3

Kuffieh 3

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Kuffieh 1

Kuffieh 1

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Kuffieh 2

Kuffieh 2

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Near the town of Jericho, Palestine, are the ruins of an impressive country residence named after the Umayyad Caliph Hisham Ibn Abd al-Malik (724-743 AD). The house contained one of the most beautiful and elaborately decorated mosaic floors in the world, entitled the "Tree of Life” mosaic.

The design, represented by a fruit tree and gazelles, was designed to resemble an oriental carpet. In 746, the sumptuous palace was levelled by an earthquake, which had also destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The accumulated sand and debris helped preserve the palace's lovely mosaics.

The depiction of animals represent the Good and Evil in life. It is said that when the Tree of Life reaches its full height, it will emit a light that spreads around the world.

Najat's Artistic Technique:
Najat’s hand-painted porcelain captures the essence of this historic mosaic’s effects by applying a special painting technique of her own using both pen and brush to create a mosaic effect. The tile then undergoes several firings at high temperature in a special kiln.

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Rooted Tree

Rooted Tree

It stands majestically with its roots entrenched in the Palestinian land bearing its olives, the Fruits of Peace.

The Mountains of Jerusalem, the Olives Leaves, the Old man's Teeth and the Flower of Ramla motifs make their presence in cross stitches, which for centuries have embellished the costumes of the village women of Palestine

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Three Generations

Three Generations

Mother, daughter and granddaughter under the olive trees picnicking

Technique: Hand painting using brush, pen and raised enamel work for the leaves of the olive tree.

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia

An olive grove with its trees bearing the fruits of peace, in harmony with the Palestinian cross stitch embroidery patterns that embellish the women’s village dresses, the flower of Ramla, and the star of Bethlehem are combined to stimulate a nostalgic feeling to our beloved land.

Technique: Hand painting using raised enamel to give each leaf a dignified luminous effect. Pen work is used for the cross stitch patterns. The Porcelain tile is then fired several times to preserve the work.

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Tree of Life - brown tone

Tree of Life - brown tone

Near the town of Jericho, Palestine, are the ruins of an impressive country residence named after the Umayyad Caliph Hisham Ibn Abd al-Malik (724-743 AD). The house contained one of the most beautiful and elaborately decorated mosaic floors in the world, entitled the "Tree of Life” mosaic.

The design, represented by a fruit tree and gazelles, was designed to resemble an oriental carpet. In 746, the sumptuous palace was levelled by an earthquake, which had also destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The accumulated sand and debris helped preserve the palace's lovely mosaics.

The depiction of animals represent the Good and Evil in life. It is said that when the Tree of Life reaches its full height, it will emit a light that spreads around the world.

Najat's Artistic Technique:
Najat’s hand-painted porcelain captures the essence of this historic mosaic’s effects by applying a special painting technique of her own using both pen and brush to create a mosaic effect. The tile then undergoes several firings at high temperature in a special kiln.

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Beit Dajan

Beit Dajan

Beit Dajan, an inland village, was well known to produce among the finest and most elaborate Palestinian embroidery. Orange groves were plentiful in Jaffa, Ramleh and Beit Dajan. The village women used to take the name of the motifs they embroider on their dresses from their surroundings, hence the name of the most important patterns that are typical of this area: "The Orange Blossom" which is sometimes called Rose buds "Irq El Nafnouf" in Arabic.

The stitches were perfectly embroidered close together using various shades of red, deep maroon and subsidiary colours such as fuchsia, orange, green and purple.

Silver cord couching embroidery was an influence of the Talhami stitch of Bethlehem. Learning embroidery in Beit Dajan was as essential as going to school. To execute their master pieces, the village women used to discuss their dresses when they visited each other, which in turn inspired beautiful and carefully chosen designs.

This chest panel illustrates cross stitch motifs by the name of the Cyprus Trees (Bald Trees), the Mountains, Earrings, Steps, Light House, Saw and Old Man's Teeth. Domes or Qubab & Waves (Mawj el Bahr) are produced using couching embroidery.

Najat's Artistic Technique: Pen work for cross stitch work, raised enamel for couching embroidery hand painted on porcelain.

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Olive Groves

Olive Groves

It is harvest time. This art piece represents the olives on the trees waiting to be picked.

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Beit Dajan

Beit Dajan

Beit Dajan, an inland village, was well known to produce among the finest and most elaborate Palestinian embroidery. Orange groves were plentiful in Jaffa, Ramleh and Beit Dajan. The village women used to take the name of the motifs they embroider on their dresses from their surroundings, hence the name of the most important patterns that are typical of this area: "The Orange Blossom" which is sometimes called Rose buds "Irq El Nafnouf" in Arabic.

The stitches were perfectly embroidered close together using various shades of red, deep maroon and subsidiary colours such as fuchsia, orange, green and purple.

Silver cord couching embroidery was an influence of the Talhami stitch of Bethlehem. Learning embroidery in Beit Dajan was as essential as going to school. To execute their master pieces, the village women used to discuss their dresses when they visited each other, which in turn inspired beautiful and carefully chosen designs.

This chest panel illustrates cross stitch motifs by the name of the Cyprus Trees (Bald Trees), the Mountains, Earrings, Steps, Light House, Saw and Old Man's Teeth. Domes or Qubab & Waves (Mawj el Bahr) are produced using couching embroidery.

Najat's Artistic Technique: Pen work for cross stitch work, raised enamel for couching embroidery hand painted on porcelain.

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Red Textile of Palestine

Red Textile of Palestine

Malek Abu Wardeh fabric, woven in Bethlehem

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Sampler

Sampler

The cross stitch sampler.  In this fabulously decorative piece, patterns and symbols from all over Palestine can be found: From the Moon of Bethlehem and  Cypress trees to the Tall Palm trees and Pasha’s Tent; From the Road to Egypt and Star of Hebron to the Water Springs and Old Man’s Teeth; the Al Kohol bottle, along with Ladders, traditional Feathers, Coffee Bean, Chest Panel Dividers, Flowers and Cauliflowers, also fulfill this piece.

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Usduud Chest Panel

Usduud Chest Panel

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Modernized Gaza Chest Panel

Modernized Gaza Chest Panel

Modernized Chest Panel, using  fuchsia, green and orange colours that are typical of the striped fabric woven in Al Majdal. Central medallion is a Cypress pendant, with Flower Pot Branch on the sides from the Gaza region.

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Majdal Dress - Back Panel

Majdal Dress - Back Panel

Back and side panel taken from Al Majdal region dress with its typical colours, and Cyprus trees, emulates and palm trees as the main motifs used.

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Old Usduud Chest Panel

Old Usduud Chest Panel

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Majdal Dress - side panel

Majdal Dress - side panel

Side Panel using the striped Al Majdal fabric with motifs from Gaza depicting both Eyes on one hand, and Cypress trees on the other.

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Fallaha

Fallaha

Olive Grove with Felaha presenting who we are: We are the Olive Trees, the Kuffieh, the embroidered dresses and the star of Bethlehem and the map of Palestine embodied in our olive trees.


Technique: Hand painting using brush, pen and raised enamel work for the leaves of the olive tree.

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Fields of Palestine

Fields of Palestine

The Eye in the centre is watching tirelessly over the fields. The Eye protects the apple groves, the olive trees, the pine trees and the palm trees. The Eye reaches the four corners, which are guarded by the doves of peace.

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Olive Tree

Olive Tree

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Gaïa The Mother Earth

Gaïa The Mother Earth

Gaia represents this land that should emanate peace and love throughout the universe.

It is the beating heart of the world which is responsible for harmony, stability, balance and equilibrium to the whole planet.

Like a mother protecting, nurturing, providing and caring for her children, expecting them to transcend this love and grace throughout humankind...this mother land should adopt the same path.

This rock, to me, symbolises Palestine: The Holy land of the prophets.

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Yang

Yang

The Male, represented by the Fellah or Farmer, ploughs the fields, plants the Cypress and Palm trees as well as Orange groves, as his eyes reach the horizons of his land to protect it from evil. Emulates are guarding and protecting the four corners of the earth. He is the Yang: a strong, solid, focused, masculine, Palestinian character.

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Yin

Yin

The triangular shape symbolize femininity, birth and preservation of generations. It asserts its divine importance of the woman in Palestinian society, culture and history. She is the Yin, characterized by soft depictions of floral motifs and colours, their roots entrenched in her native land of Palestine.

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Awawir

Awawir

Emanating from the Jaffa region these flowers pots hold roses.

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Geometric

Geometric

Divided into four square compartments and tilted in diamond shape, this unique piece embodies several symbols from Bersheeeba, Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem and Gaza, such as Cypress trees, the Eye of the Cow, a star disc, a Lupine Branch, and the Moon.

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Olive Tree

Olive Tree

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Yesterday

Yesterday

Today and tomorrow are continuations of yesterday. One has to refer to the past in order to establish oneself in the future. The rebirth hence contributes in preserving the past, and the past inspires the future.

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Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Today and tomorrow are continuations of yesterday. One has to refer to the past in order to establish oneself in the future. The rebirth hence contributes in preserving the past, and the past inspires the future.