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The Palestinian traditional dress has the advantage of each region expressing

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Among-the turmoil and tragedy of present Palestinian existence, the beauty of Palestinian embroidery is like a ray of light that brings a smile to most people’s faces. Whether one is living in Palestine or anywhere else around the globe, it is a source of great pride and joy that one incorporates into one’s life, whether as pillows and wall hangings to decorate a home, a traditional dress to wear at special parties, an elegant evening jacket, or a priceless gift to give a friend. As old workshops and young designers find new ways to introduce Palestinian embroidery into elegant modern wear, the survival of this precious heritage is perpetuated and strengthened

the turmoil and tragedy of present Palestinian existence, the beauty of Palestinian embroidery is like a ray of light that brings a smile to most people’s faces. Whether one is living in Palestine or anywhere else around the globe, it is a source of great pride and joy that one incorporates into one’s life, whether as pillows and wall hangings to decorate a home, a traditional dress to wear at special parties, an elegant evening jacket, or a priceless gift to give a friend. As old workshops and young designers find new ways to introduce Palestinian embroidery into elegant modern wear, the survival of this precious heritage is perpetuated and strengthened

Put your seatbelt on because we’re about to go on a journey to Palestine and get to know different types of Thob from different areas.  “Thob is the traditional dress that women wear in Palestine. Different regions in Palestine have their own style. The Palestinian traditional dress has the advantage of each region expressing, in its dress, the nature of its geography.

Each area is recognizable by the dress’s colors and decorations. The dark red of Ramallah and the orange red of Beer Sheva and the decorations and embroidery on each garment reflect the surrounding environment of trees, mountains, beliefs, and heritage.Thob of Bethlehem, “Queen’s Thob”: An ancient dress was special for the queens of Palestine in the old and famous Bethlehem area. It is a kind of simple farming dress characterized by a bow on the chest called – Talhami- or reeds. Like the bride’s dress, the cloth of silk is lined in bright colors and characterized by the density of embroidery on the chest part. The sides are in the shape of a triangle. The sleeves are wide and embroidered, and the short sleeve jacket is made of velvet cloth and is embroidered with silk thread and reeds

 Jerusalem Thob:  This particular dress is made of black silk and embroidered and is special to the Jerusalem area. It is characterized by the fact that it is the most beautiful dress that has been maintained through all the times that passed through Jerusalem. On the chest, there is a collar of the Canaanite queens. On the sides, the method of the crucifixion appears since the days of the Crusader rule, and the crescent and the Quranic verses appear as proof of the return of Jerusalem to Arab Islamic rule. In general, the effects of the Nakba appear on the Palestinian dress. Sadness and nostalgia are manifested through colors, i.e the disappearance of bright colors, indicating that the appearance of embroidery of the machine is evidence of women’s lack of interest in embroidery and the poor economic situation.Related image

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. What has known to be a Palestinian tradition, and an artistic way of preserving the Palestinian identity, is now embellishing the contemporary world of fashion&Stylish.Image result for palestinian clothing

Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try

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There are thousands of recipes to be found on the internet, especially with the rise of quick as easy recipes from Tastemade and other such awesome video tutorials. With this, sometimes you crave a good and hearty authentic dish to warm the heart and home. Here is a roundup of some of our favourite Palestinian recipes for you to try out!

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A hearty breakfast option comprising mainly of eggs and tomatoes, but often makes use of other vegetables. The best part of this is that it can be made in one skillet and you can dress it up and down, depending on how heavy you like your breakfast to be. Remeber, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and so there’s no better way to start it than with Shakshouka.

Often described as “the rich man’s breakfast, the shopkeeper’s lunch and the poor man’s supper,” Ful Mudammas is one of those versatile dishes that can be eaten throughout the day. Many Palestinian’s eat Ful with freshly bakes pita bread and falafel over breakfast, and trust me when I say that it will keep you going throughout the day!

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Ka’ak usually refers to a biscuit like bread which is truly versatile and can be made as a regular bread, stuffed to become a savoury option or dipped in honey or jam to become a sweet breakfast option. It’s one of those dishes sold all over the streets of Palestine and is very close to pita bread, but with the addition of yoghurt and milk and is cooked in a hot oven to create a pocket in the middle.

It also makes use of a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds, which are rich in natural oils, and organic compounds that consist of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin B6, and protein, so not only is it a tasty start to the day but is also healthy and beneficial.

Follow this link to find out how to make this amazing bread

Life in Palestine is something everyone must experience for themselves. International travelers and at the walktoshop.org are given many opportunities to experience true life in Palestine through cultural immersionl Internationals can live with host families and see the life of local families by engaging with them daily, playing with children, learning how to cook or eat traditional foods, such as bread with hummus, yogurt, Falafel, and dishes that consist of different variations of chicken, rice, and vegetables.

What you can do during your stay in Palestine

Some other things internationals can do during their stay in Hebron include visiting the charming old city or going to many of the traditional or Western-style coffee shops. It is easy to make friends in Hebron and meet for coffee, it is also easy to get around the city very cheaply with taxis. There are several hidden gardens and park throughout the city to escape and relax with friends.

Safety traveling around Palestine

Safety in Palestine: Many international volunteers, students, and interns who are interested in coming to serve with the Excellence Center express specific concern about the safety of living in Palestine

While the situation now in Palestine is tense, it is relatively safe for internationals as long as they know which areas to avoid. On their days off they can travel to other cities quite easily such as Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Ramallah, and others.

There are many historic sites in Palestine including mosques, churches, ruins,  and the lovely old architecture of many city centers. There are also many beautiful landscapes and mountains across the region that are worth a visit. It is also quite easy to find opportunities to participate in different activities with locals such as olive picking and tree planting. The weather is very hot in the summer and still very quite warm during winter days.

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International media outlets frequently portray violence in the West Bank, and some people when they hear the name “Palestine” think only of TV images of war and turmoil. Internationals may come to Palestine with the apprehension that they will be living in an active war zone, and other potential volunteers may decide not to come altogether, related to these fears.

Checkpoints in Palestine

However, internationals who come to Palestine find that although the situation in Palestine may at times be tense, they are largely able to live their daily lives without particular safety concerns above and beyond those typical of living in big cities.

Checkpoints are commonplace and the military presence in occupied Palestine is pervasive, but problems affecting visitors to Palestine are rare. Although there may be occasional traffic delays related to checkpoints, visitors to Palestine are usually able to move freely throughout the West Bank citie

Media shows that Palestine is an active war zone

International media outlets frequently portray violence in the West Bank, and some people when they hear the name “Palestine” think only of TV images of war and turmoil. Internationals may come to Palestine with the apprehension that they will be living in an active war zone, and other potential volunteers may decide not to come altogether, related to these fears.

Family and Hospitality While in Palestine

Family and Hospitality While in Palestine: The absolute, main thing you will notice as soon as you arrive in Palestine is the hospitality of the Palestinian people and their culture. As soon as you get to Hebron you will first come to the Excellence Center to meet with our director and other staff. You will immediately be offered tea or coffee and a seat to relax in. Tea and coffee are drank throughout the entire day in Palestine and you will never go to someone’s house without being offered one, if not both. Fresh fruit and nuts also often accompany the offering of beverages. It is polite to accept the offer of tea or coffee, even if you are not that thirsty do not worry as these always come in small cups.

Also if you have never been to a Middle Eastern country before you will notice the coffee we drink is quite different than that of western countries. Our coffee called “Arabic Coffee” is served in small cups and is boiled with the grounds still in it. You are not supposed to drink the full cup until it is empty or else you will get coffee grounds in your mouth. Palestinians even on the street will invite you into their shops to drink coffee or tea. Sometimes you may even be invited by Palestinians to their houses to drink tea, coffee or eat at a later date. Overall Palestinians are greatly concerned with being hospitable to their guests, of which you will be one of. They want to make sure you have all you need, that you are never hungry and that you feel their support all around you should you need any help.

Another large difference that you may notice during your stay with us in Palestine is the dynamics of families. First of all the families here are very, very large. Parents have many, many children compared to most nuclear families in other parts of the world. Also family ties here in Hebron remain one of the most important things in daily Palestinian life. Families, though quite large, live within the same area, near one another. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and children regularly gather together throughout the week. There is bound to be some form of extended family over at the house almost every day. Families are close knit and provide a vast and strong support network for all members. If someone is sick, they are never left alone to fend for themselves, there is always someone there to help assist them. If a family has a new baby, other family members will come over and clean their house regularly so that all their attention can be paid to their newborn without worrying about house work. Families stick together and support each other in a really beautiful way. The way families stay in continuous contact and interact daily is really amazing.

Upon settling in with your host family, you become just that, one of the family. All of the extended family will want to meet you and invite you to their houses for refreshments. Your host family is sure to show you off to the rest of the family. This will give you an inside look at family culture here in Palestine as well as provide you with endless and new opportunities to work on your Arabic language skills. The care Palestinian host families show for the international volunteers they host is truly touching. They will never want you to be in need of anything. They will always be there to help you with whatever situation or problem you may have. Over and over again our international volunteers list their relationship and experience with their host families to be one of the greatest gifts they receive while volunteering with us here in Palestine.

 
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