A Beautiful Hand-Embroidered Shawl


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This hand-embroidered shawl, with its elegant style and striking geometric patterns, can be worn on special occasions or displayed in your home as an elegant throw. When you buy this shawl, you help provide a woman artisan in Gaza, Palestine with an income essential to support her family. She is one of many skilled women, working with the Sulafa Embroidery Project an initiative of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which supports Palestinian Refugees.

Rectangle | 176 cm x 45 cm | Navy blue fabric, multi-colour cross-stitching.

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project is located in Gaza City and provides essential income generating opportunities for hundreds of refugee women through a network of 9 community centres.
Gazan women’s artisanship and resilient spirits against all odds are reflected in the beauty of their products. Sulafa’s shawls, with their elegant style and striking geometric patterns, can be used as a throw to add style to your home or worn to complement a casual or formal outfit. Sulafa’s shawls, with their elegant style and striking geometric patterns, are loved by women around the world..
Women in Gaza have been bearing an increasing burden of supporting their families. Although it is labor-intensive and time-consuming work, thousands of women juggle this work with their household responsibilities, in exchange for a wage essential for their families’ survival.
Sulafa Embroidery Project also ensures that the traditional art form of embroidery is kept alive. Embroidery has been used to decorate cloth and clothing for centuries. As a traditional way for women to express both individual skill and a connection to their own village and peers, the Sulafa women artisans take great pride in their work. It is an art that take years to perfect and has been handed down through many generations as a Palestinian traditional craft. Their hand-stitched embroidery utilizes a variety of techniques to make attractive decoration on clothes an household items, illuminating subjects and themes that are integral to the lives of Palestinian women.
Traditional patterns focus on geometric shapes that are based on items that are most familiar to Palestinian women in their daily surroundings. Depending on the region in Palestine, the patterns can include cypress trees, bunches of grapes, apple trees, chickens, pigeons, rainbows, roses, flower pots, among other objects.
Sulafa is a nonprofit project established by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in 1950 as a part of the Social Service Programme and still assisting women to this day.

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    Wonderful colours. Beautifully made

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Salaam. We work in cooperation with our Palestinian partners, offering support for economic empowerment through fair trade and sustainable practice.

Our partners include women’s and farmer’s cooperatives supplying delicious artisanal foods from the West Bank and, in Gaza, Atfaluna School for Deaf Children and the refugee women artisans of Sulafa Embroidery Centre.

We are a registered charity and social enterprise, based in Australia.

We bring you certified Fair Trade and organic olive oils and traditional, artisanal foods, cruelty-free, vegan wallets and purses, organic Nabulsi soaps and beautiful hand-stitched embroideries from the Holy Land.

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