Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunbula, Fair trade group from Palestine

"We are a Jerusalem-based nonprofit Fair Trade organization that supports Palestinian craft producers -- women's groups, artisan cooperatives and disabled people's organizations. By promoting traditional handicrafts locally and internationally, we support economic self-help efforts of those living in difficult conditions in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian minority inside Israel." (Thanks Muna)


Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this. I try to buy fair trade and was not aware of where to get products from Palestine. I will pass it on.

Leila Abu-Saba said...

I was not aware of the couch-stitch or the patchwork traditions of needlework, only the cross-stitch embroidery. Curious, since I have a friend (Palestinian-American) who is an expert on Arab weaving and textiles.

Anyway, my lovely contemporary thowb and gown from souk Saida are embellished with a modern version of the tashreem or patchwork. The work on my Saida robe is done with a sewing machine, machine-made trim, and jacquard fabrics, and I have seen the exact same techniques embellishing furniture upholstery in shops all along the Sidon-Tyre road. It's not as costly or as appealing to connoisseurs as traditional handwork, but it makes a very handsome contemporary piece of clothing that is amenable to modern mass production (but still locally made).

I knew this technique was interesting. Thank you for linking to the site so I could discover its origin.