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Palestinian Embroidery and facing cultural appropriation

Jerusalem24 – Last week the United Nations Education Scientific Cultural Organization or UNESCO added Palestinian embroidery to the Intangible Culture Heritage List.

The listing took place last Wednesday, during the 16th session of the intergovernmental committee for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

In a statement, UNESCO said that “each of the dresses is embroidered with a variety of symbols.” The statement also added that, “the choice of colors and designs indicates the woman’s regional identity and marital and economic status.”

The Palestinian dress was used earlier this month during the Miss Universe Contest, which was held in Eilat, Israel without mentioning its historical origins.

In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, we speak to Noura Bakr, the head of Production at the Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, on of the organizations that is working to preserve and safeguard Palestinian heritage, folklore and culture.


Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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