Proudly Made in Palestine
صنع في فلسطين، بفخر
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?)
- Farrah factory (PS)
Farrah is a Palestinian factory based in Alram (Jerusalem).
- Bluzti Falistiniyeh (PS)
Bluzti Falistiniyeh – the pride of the national Palestinian industry. Print in all forms. Selling many Palestinian gifts, antiques and handicrafts.
M (one size)
Identity = health
الهوية = الصحة
Half a decade before the Covid-19 pandemic، Gaza-born artist Mohammed Musallam created a face mask based on the traditional keffiyeh textile. The conceptual artwork could be seen both as an expression of Palestinian identity and as a means of protection; caring for identity is as important as protecting health itself. It was first used in Gazan hospitals under the Israeli occupation’s siege. Impossible at that time to foresee the impact of Covid-19; this face mask shows the power of artistic imagination. The artwork did not lose any of its meaning; just the contrary.
Gaza’s potentially disastrous combination of widespread impoverishment, densely-packed refugee camps and extremely limited hospital capacity make us even more aware of the catastrophic impact of the Israeli occupation and how fragile life can be. Caring for each other is more important than ever.
Under Musallam’s supervision, the new masks were produced in Gaza City by tailor Abu Alaa Ghaben; to be worn for your safety and as an act of solidarity.
- Mohammed Musallam (PS)
Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war. He holds a PhD in philosophy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Fine Arts College, Minia University, Egypt. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University. From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches. In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.
- Abu Alaa Ghaben (Gaza, PS)
Carpenter living in Gaza City.
Multi layered face-mask (front side keffiyeh textile, backside white cotton) with elastic straps, washable & reusable
19 x 9 cm
€9,95 – €12,95