Beyond Aesthetics

  • Headdress (Araqieh)

    Covering the crown of the head and keeping one’s hair under control was a practice common amongst all Palestinians regardless of gender, religion or class.  A common saying in Arabic which goes ‘she’s going around with her hair undone’ was commonly used to refer to women with questionable comings and goings or noticeable and unquestioned...

  • Headdress (Araqieh)

    Covering the crown of the head and keeping one’s hair under control was a practice common amongst all Palestinians regardless of gender, religion or class. A common saying in Arabic which goes ‘she’s going around with her hair undone’ was commonly used to refer to women with questionable comings and goings or noticeable and...

  • Headdress (Araqieh)

    Covering the crown of the head and keeping one’s hair under control was a practice common amongst all Palestinians regardless of gender, religion or class. A common saying in Arabic which goes ‘she’s going around with her hair undone’ was commonly used to refer to women with questionable comings and goings or noticeable and...

  • Coins and collar

    By conspicuously removing, concealing or destroying the most visible symbols of wealth in their attire, women demonstrated their genuine and unquestionable grief. Snubbing wealth in times of loss was a clear statement that life was invaluable.
    Seen as the most direct and blatant reference to wealth, coins on the...

  • Blue Embroidery

    Usually associated with unmarried and sexually immature women, blue seemed to refer to a state of sexual inactivity. A colour found in dresses worn by widowed women, young girls and older post-menstrual women, blue was seen and treated as an opposite to red. In the case of widows in mourning, it was believed that when a red motif appeared in...

  • Blue Embroidery

    Usually associated with unmarried and sexually immature women, blue seemed to refer to a state of sexual inactivity. A colour found in dresses worn by widowed women, young girls and older post-menstrual women, blue was seen and treated as an opposite to red. In the case of widows in mourning, it was believed that when a red...

  • Blue Embroidery

    Usually associated with unmarried and sexually immature women, blue seemed to refer to a state of sexual inactivity. A colour found in dresses worn by widowed women, young girls and older post-menstrual women, blue was seen and treated as an opposite to red. In the case of widows in mourning, it was believed that when a red motif appeared in...

  • Heaven and Hell

    Dresses made with fabrics woven with the inclusion of green and red or pink silk bands along the edge close to the selvedge, or entirely comprised of strips of alternating green and red silk were generally referred to as heaven and hell dresses (thob janneh-u-nar).  Green referred to heaven (janneh) and red or pink to hell (nar), literally...

  • Heaven and Hell

    Dresses made with fabrics woven with the inclusion of green and red or pink silk bands along the edge close to the selvedge, or entirely comprised of strips of alternating green and red silk were generally referred to as heaven and hell dresses (thob janneh-u-nar).  Green referred to heaven (janneh) and red or pink to hell (nar), literally...