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Palestinian Traditional Clothing For Women

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Generally women traditionally wore either coats over shirts and pants or thobes with a veil - usually hanging loose down their backs.

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Palestinian Traditional Clothing For Men

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The basic garment is the thobe - which is a bit like a long shirt. This is similar to the Egyptian galabia. Before the 1900s it was white or blue - usually to knees - but sometimes to ankles.

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The Palestinian Embroidery

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Embroidery has been used to decorate cloth and clothing for centuries. The use of embroidery in Palestine is a traditional way for women to express both individual skill and a connection to their own village and peers.

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Glass Work

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Invented in Mesopotamia around 2500 BC and later brought to Egypt, glass most famously dates back to the Phoenicians and Roman times.

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Copper-Work

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Copper has been traded in the eastern Mediterranean coastal area since the Chalcolithic Period, or Cooper Age, when man first discovered the metal and started using it for tools and weapons (4500-3500 BC).

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