Proudly Made in Palestine
صنع في فلسطين، بفخر

An inside-out t-shirt with 21 “Made in Palestine” labels across the front

A few years ago, Palestinian youth and boycott movements against the Israeli economy launched several initiatives for alternative Palestinian products. One of the main ones was a new fashion line of t-shirts made and produced in Palestine. These t-shirts had beautiful calligraphy of Arabic expressions and phrases representing loyalty and love for Palestine, and most importantly, they had the Made in Palestine tag on them, which had become very uncommon.

Then, fake copies of this original production began to appear, similar in design and expression to the original t-shirts, produced by companies of which some were clearly Israeli owned. The tag on the original t-shirt is in many ways more meaningful than the expressions and phrases on it, and what is hidden inside the shirt is more important than the outside appearance. This makes ‘Made in Palestine’ an authentic tag that needs to be defined and clearly shown as an emphasis on the (re-)development of Palestinian industry.

  • Ibrahim Alhindi (PS)

    Ibrahim is a Palestinian architect based in Jerusalem. “Each of the designs developed in the create shops are representing the situation of the people in the West Bank, Gaza or Jerusalem. They deal with the wall, the checkpoints, the violence, the closed borders and so on and at the same time they express our pride to be from Palestine. Through DDFP, we are encouraged to do more to show to the world the current atrocious situation. It may be true that the revenue side is still under construction, but I find it more important that we create a symbolic economy. When people from all over the world are buying and using our objects, we enable them to make a comment on our case and we allow them to join the resistance. Money well invested, if you ask me. By participating in DDFP I really challenged myself and I improved my thinking. I expanded my field of expertise and I created things that I never thought possible. To me, it was especially an imaginative development.”(From Kurt Vanbelleghem interview, Can one really benefit from a social design project, or is it just another spin at the wheel?)

  • 2015


    M (one size)