Beauty and Palestinian Heritage
"In the past when a guy likes a girl he just had to look at her dress to know
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from which village she is then he looks at that area to find her".
Women's traditional costume in Palestine is 'the thoub', a long dress
with cross-stitch and other designs usually representative of a particular region of the country.
Men wear 'demaiah', a similar long dress but without the stitching, and the
'Kufiah or Hata', a headdress made of cloth in black and white, or in white alone).
Women Traditional Costumess
Palestinian embroidery can be divided into four categories - ritual, technical, geographic, and structural.
It must be noted, however, that the entire tradition of embroidery in Palestine has revolved around preparations
for bridal trousseaus, given that wedding ceremonies are considered to be the most important occasion in the life
of the Palestinian family. Normally, wedding gear would begin to be assembled several years before the wedding day.
It used to be a collective effort that involved the bride, her relatives, and sometimes her neighbours. Designs and
colour distribution would be determined by older women who have more expertise and a better understanding of the significance of each motif.
Traditional Palestinian dress is seen less and less nowadays, especially in the towns.
It is more common in the countryside and amongst the older generation.