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Palestinian Women’s Dress

Widad Kawar and Sibba Einarsdóttir

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

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Palestine had a wide variety of traditional dress styles. Not only did every area have a different style, but often every village had its own distinctive dress, and sometimes the various large families living in one village would have a range of different styles. Occasionally, there were differences within the same family as women from different villages entered the family as wives and each brought her own embroidery traditions and clothing styles with her. All of this variety makes defining Pale

Dress in Modern Israel

Ayala Raz

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

Encyclopedia entry

Dress in Palestine at the end of the nineteenth century and up until the establishment of the independent State of Israel in 1948 reflected the many changes that took place in the area during that time. The most prominent change was the end of the Ottoman Empire, which had ruled for over one hundred years, and the takeover by the British Mandate (1922) following the occupation of Palestine by the British Army in World War I (1917).

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In a nation involved in a constant struggle for its very existence, the topic of sandals recently stirred up quite a public debate. The ethics committee of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, submitted a draft for a dress code, with special emphasis on footwear. A ban on wearing sandals in the Knesset chamber became an explosive issue. It was especially irritating for two members, who both wear sandals year-round for personal reasons, and as a recognizable sign of their ideological and political

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Seen within the context of Hebrew drama in prestate Palestine, and in light of his own life story, I consider Sammy (Samuel) Gronemann (1875–1952) as a “cultural cobbler.” At the center of his play stands the “little guy” with all his flaws and aspirations, the flip side of the native Hebrew plays of the 1940s, which focused on national and land myths and often placed the Land of Israel as the hero of the drama, with plots demonstrating how to conquer the wilderness, drain the swampland, and make

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