Calendar 2024 - Handcrafts In Palestine
In the heart of Palestine, where the ancient echoes of tradition harmonize with the rhythm of modernity, a world of craftsmanship unfolds. It’s a celebration of heritage and culture, a dance between the skilled hands of seasoned artisans, and the rich tapestry of the land and its identity. The essence of Palestinian craftsmanship is a testament to the enduring spirit of the Palestinian people. Visit the bustling markets of Hebron,you will see how glasswork reflects the colorful dreams of artisans -- Walk the enchanting streets of Jerusalem -- Feel the leather when it comes alive, telling tales of resilience -- Observe the serene workshops of Bethlehem, where wood and olive intertwine, steadfast in their timeless character -- Drive up to the ancient city of Nablus and learn how their acclaimed olive oil soap has been produced for hundreds of years, before meandering just streets away to taste the best sweets ever made.
The products of Palestinian artisans provide insights into traditions that transcend generations.They are vivid and colorful, healthy and mouthwatering, modern and tactile. Whereever you look,you will see them around you infusing your daily life with the richness of heritage, they mirror the resilience and creativity of a people determined to craft their destiny. In every handmade product, there is more than just craftsmanship, there is a story of a challenge overcome, a narrative of identity, and a celebration of the richness of Palestinian culture. The hands that mold, carve, and shape these creations are not just craftsmen, they are storytellers, weaving tales of a land that has weathered storms and emerged stronger. Each piece is a brushstroke in the canvas of Palestine, reflecting the beauty, strength, and indomitable spirit of a people connected to their roots.
We invite you to visit the artisians, talk to them and listen to their stories and their hopes. Herein, we worked to showcase some of the best artisians, however, a full year is simply not enough to cover them all, so we had to make some tough decisions. We would like to thank all those who opened their hearts, studios and places of work for us to photograph: Hirbawi Kuffiiyeh and Tamimi Ceramics (Hebron), the Karakashian Jerusalem Pottery, Al-Ameen bakery, Al-Jibrinin Tahinah mill, and Jerusalem Hands (Jerusalem), Christmas House (Bethlehem), Al-Aqsa Knaffeh and the Tuqan soap factory (Nablus), and Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children (Gaza). We are also grateful for Handmade Palestine and the following young photographers for providing some of the photos used in this calendar: Hassan Saleh, Rania Khalil, Ahmad Na'im and Ahmad Battmah.
As you browse these attractive products, crafted in the heart of Palestine, remember that you are holding a piece of a story; a sliver of a journey that transcends time -- a celebration of the artistry that arises when hands and hearts unite, and a reminder that even within the craftsmanship of the smallest trinket, the essence of a culture and the spirit of a people continue to thrive.
We Also Recommend Reading:
Palestinian Colloquial Arabic - Beginners I & II
Nine Quarters of Jerusalem: A New Biography of the Old City
Stranger in My Own Land, Palestine, Israel and One Family's Story of Home