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    Cushion cover made of navy cotton, worked on the front in cross-stitched embroidery with shades of yellow, brown, green, pink and white. The central panel includes traditional embroidery patterns including flowers with stems and four stars-and-keys (mafatih nujum) motifs.

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    • 1980s
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    • Length: 39 centimetres
    • Width: 37 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Made as part of the Inaash al-Mukhayyam Project.INAASH, the Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps, was founded in 1969 by Palestinian and Lebanese women in Beirut as a non-profit organisation to raise the educational and economic standing of refugees in Palestinian camps in Lebanon and preserve the long-standing tradition of Palestinian embroidery. INAASH's projects are funded in part by donations but mainly from the income generated through the sale of Palestinian hand-embroidered products, principally cushions. Embroidery designs are derived and adapted from motifs found on traditional dresses associated with particular villages in Palestine.


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    Middle East

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