Dressmakers keep Palestinian tradition alive in refugee camps in Jordan



Amman Palestinian refugee Um Zed Jordan spends his day's sewing colorful clothes in a sewing house, which gives him income and keeps the tradition alive.

"At first, it was a hobby, because I like to wear Palestinian thobe (clothes), but it has become my profession," she said.

The mother of seven works with five other women in deep threads. They sell for 150–700 dinars ($ 200–990) to customers in fashionable parts of the city.

A 47-year-old Palestinian woman born in a camp on the Amman coast remembers her parents leaving their home in the 1967 Arab-Israeli occupied West Bank in the Israeli occupied West Bank.

"It is important to me that our heritage is not lost. I would love to see a Palestinian woman here or abroad."

Most of the Jordanian population are descendants of Palestinian refugees and their families after Israel's formation in 1948, and now have roots in villages and towns in Israel or Palestinian territories.

Nemat Saleh, head of the Hanoun Society for Popular Culture, embroidered in dances and ceremonies to rejuvenate Palestinian folklore, said that the plunder designs and colors were unique in each village.

"Our clothes are unique. Despite the small size of Palestine, there is a lot of diversity in clothing," Saleh said.

Another refugee in the camp, 74-year-old Um Nayef, feels proud and proud of himself, wearing traditional clothes that many young generations do not recognize.

"We can identify ourselves with Palestinian clothes, and this is a very proud moment for us ... when we see our sons and daughters wearing them, it makes us very proud," she said.

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