Threads of Identity: Preserving Palestinian Costume and Heritage by Widad Kamel Kawar
This book is a record of fifty years spent by Dad Kawar in the search for part of the heritage of Palestine and its maintenance and preservation. This endeavor has…
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This book is a record of fifty years spent by Dad Kawar in the search for part of the heritage of Palestine and its maintenance and preservation. This endeavor has evolved into the Wadad Kawar Group, the largest of the Palestinian, Arab and other traditional Arab and Islamic clothing and accessories, with more than 2,000 items.
The following chapters present the story of how the group evolved and presented the life stories of women who invented the beautiful costumes they contain. For her, each element calls to mind an individual or a place: wife, mother, daughter, family, house, village, town, field, market.
Each piece was worn on special occasions, happy and sad, which marked the life of the owner. Much of Wedad's knowledge stems from the personal accounts of these women who are fond of embroidery skills and dress skills.
With this book salutes Palestinian women. Identitythreads are the history of Palestinian women in the 20th century who were told through aspects of folklore, focusing on traditional dresses but also including textiles, weaving carpets, rural and urban customs, cuisine and celebrations.
Interviews with women who have experienced trauma and the changes of the twentieth century are a contribution to oral history, increasing standard historical accounts. While most of the writing on the Middle East focuses on politics, her book focuses on the dignity of ordinary people and women in particular, bridging the gap between major events in history and everyday life.
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