Thobe Embroideryتطريز الثوب الفلسطيني
  • Thobe embroidery

Thobe Embroidery

Ottoman Period (1516—1917)

Source: Traditional
Embroidery: Nawal Ibrahim Al-Ahmad [Tabariyeh], Ain al-Hilweh Lebanon
Size: 59 x 37 cm

Palestinian embroidery has a rich history going back at least 200 years.

Traditional Palestinian women’s dresses, or thobes, took different forms in different regions of the country. The various stitches, designs and colours of the embroidery indicate the regional origins and in some cases, women’s status. Beyond the beauty of this intricate work, and particularly in the aftermath of the 1948 Nakba, embroidery has played an important role in preserving Palestinian identity, becoming a symbol of heritage and endurance.