Embroidery is considered to be part of tradition and culture in many corners of the world. Each country or culture differs in the way it represents its embroidery pieces, and in the way it is decorated, made and used. Palestinian Embroidery is unique and is recognized among other embroideries for its vibrant colors and impeccable designs as well as for its cultural and social meaning.
The “Very Palestinian Box” itself is a representation of this tradition and culture, as it is a wooden box covered in traditional Palestinian embroidery. Within its heart, you will find two small ceramic plates, hand-painted by the women of Hebron. We cannot have a complete culture without items handcrafted from the all-resistant olive tree. A map of all the main cities in Palestine is hand-painted on a small piece of olive wood in the shape of the country itself. It’s a perfect way to keep the cities taken from the Palestinians memorized and etched onto our hearts and minds. Another keychain of the dome of the rock and a small Palestinian flag pin accompany the map to complete the branding of Palestine in our memory. A small bottle of olive oil and two burlap sacks containing sage and thyme serve as a statement ‘the fruits of our country will never be forgotten’. Palestinian embroidery expanded from a traditional craft practiced in the villages to a cultural expression of the Palestinian identity.
The ‘Very Palestinian Box’ contains:
- Extra virgin Palestinian Olive Oil harvested and produced in Hebron.
- Zaa’tar (Thyme).
- Merameya (Common sage)
- 2 Ceramic Plates Bowls
- Olive Oil Soap Bar produced in Nablus
- Palestinian Map hanging/keychain produced from olive wood in Bethlehem.
- Wooden Box with embroidery art on top.