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Palestinian Scarves and Flag Dresses

Tineke Rooijakkers

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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The Palestinian scarf and the flag dress are powerful nationalistic and political icons. Their history is strongly connected to the disruptive occurrences of the twentieth century, such as the British Mandate period from 1922 to 1948, the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948, and the ensuing Arab-Israeli conflicts.

History of Dress and Fashion

Willem Vogelsang

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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People have been living in Central and Southwest Asia for many thousands of years. Some groups developed complex social communities based on farming, cooperation, and international trade; other groups relied on hunting and following animals to support their way of life. Throughout the vast area that stretches from the eastern Mediterranean to the deserts of Central Asia, many civilizations have grown, flourished, and then vanished. Some have left many traces, while others are known just from a ha

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