Pales­tinian Cul­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion at Bayt Lothan, Novem­ber 23-26, 2015

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The Pales­tinian Cul­ture Cen­ter holds the sec­ond of its two an­nual ex­hi­bi­tions for 2015 at Bayt Lothan. The show in­cludes a large col­lec­tion of tex­tile-based tra­di­tional hand­made cross-stitch as well as pot­tery from He­bron, posters and books about Pales­tine in English and Ara­bic. It as­pires to reaf­firm the Pales­tinian na­tional iden­tity by its hand­i­crafts and sup­port ed­u­ca­tion and fam­i­lies.

The Pales­tinian Cul­ture Cen­ter is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that was es­tab­lished in Jor­dan in 1993. It aims to (1) pre­serve the rich her­itage and cul­ture of Pales­tine, (2) help em­power women and their fam­i­lies in the refugee camps be­come eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent, and (3) sus­tain needy Pales­tini­ans in their home­land and in the Di­as­pora.

This year was an ac­tive year for the Cen­ter due to the ef­fects of the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis which placed a fur­ther strain on the poor. Fur­ther­more, the vi­o­lent and ag­gres­sive Is­raeli mil­i­tary on­slaught on Gaza, Jerusalem and the rest of oc­cu­pied Pales­tine, have made the sit­u­a­tion in Pales­tine dire, and the need for aid more ur­gent. As a re­sult, the Cen­ter has worked to in­crease the salaries of the 550 or so women who do the em­broi­dery work as well as pay for their trans­porta­tion (from the camps). We mo­ti­vate the ladies by grant­ing bonuses for ex­cel­lent qual­ity work. We also pro­vide sup­port to Pales­tini­ans in the home­land by pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial aid to needy fam­i­lies, health care, and univer­sity schol­ar­ships.

Some of the Cen­ter’s ac­com­plish­ments in­cluded sup­port of some of the vi­tal in­sti­tutes such as Al­maqased hos­pi­tal in Jerusalem which was es­tab­lished in 1968 with sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial sup­port from The State of Kuwait. The Cen­ter is also work­ing on pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary fi­nanc­ing of the Wa­ter De­sali­na­tion Project in Gaza for pro­duc­ing potable wa­ter and as­sist­ing Gaza area hos­pi­tals that were bom­barded by Is­rael, such as Al­shefa Hos­pi­tal, to pro­duce and store oxy­gen for med­i­cal pur­poses.

Ex­hi­bi­tion High­lights Tra­di­tional cross-stitch em­broi­dery of dresses, linens, shawls, cush­ions, ta­ble run­ners, cards, frames, coast­ers, belts, purses, book­marks and more • Hand­made ce­ram­ics from He­bron

• Books, posters, key chains, kafiya’s and DVDs as well as posters from Pales­tine Food sale of tra­di­tional Pales­tinian food such as thyme, sumaq, baked goods and other tra­di­tional plates. Pales­tinian folk­lore “Dabkah” will be per­formed on and Thurs­day at 6:30 PM Pales­tinian em­broi­dery us­ing nee­dle and silk thread is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Pales­tinian iden­tity as it has evolved over the ages. An age old art, all Pales­tinian ladies, young and old, would spend hours em­broi­der­ing their trousseau, dresses, shawls and cush­ions. Us­ing geo­met­ric shapes at first, and then evolv­ing to de­pict­ing im­ages from na­ture sur­round­ing them, the dresses are fa­mous for their flow­ery de­signs and bold nat­u­ral colors of indigo and red. Sym­bols of the ubiq­ui­tous cypress trees sur­round­ing the or­ange groves, roses, jas­mine and the fa­mous olive tree are typ­i­cal mo­tifs in th­ese dresses.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at Bayt Lothan, Salmia, It will be held for 4 days start­ing Mon­day the Novem­ber 23rd through Thurs­day 26th. It is open to the pub­lic from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 to 8:30 pm.

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