Explore The Museum - Embroidery

Palestinian embroidery is a popular handicraft that has been produced by Palestinian women for hundreds of years. This craft started in the middle region of the West Bank in cities such as Ramallah, Bethlehem and in the villages around Jerusalem. There are two main types of embroidery, the Tatreez (cross-stich) and Tahriri (couching stich).

The traditional patterns are designs that are familiar to Palestinian women. These include motifs taken from the daily life and surroundings of the embroiderers. Some designs are geometric in shape, others include bunches of grapes, vine leaves, Cyprus trees, roses , wild tulips and flowers, the moon, birds and animals and many other patterns taken from nature. Palestinian embroidery is a national identity to most Palestinians.  Many Palestinian women have taken embroidery as a means of living these days.