Behind the folds of this handmade bag, beauty unveils itself. Underneath the corners you find colourful embroidery. The shapes are based on villagers patterns and represent displaced memories that are stitched together with dedication. The cotton bag is created and inspired by the stories of the artisans from Palestine, especially those who are living in refugee camps outside their home place. They long for recognition and dream of a life outside the camps.
The more time we spend together, and listen, the more stories are unveiled, uncovering the grace of dignity.
Acknowledgements to Mariam S. Shukri (JO), with who the original concept for this bag was developed during the design-workshop at Gaza Camp in Jerash (JO) in 2017, see the report of this workshop.
December 2019 a new design was made on the occasion of the Prince Claus Awards for the guests of the ceremony; see ‘Prince Claus Awards Ceremony’.
- Widad Sarhan, Aziza Abu Khatleh, Saber Abu Masoud (Ramallah region, PS)
- Amer Amin – Qubtan (Ramallah, PS)
As an independent product designer, Amer has worked on developing various international products and brands. Amer combines all his expertise and experience in order to help his customers achieve better designs and more engaging experiences. See: www.amer-amin.com
Qubtan is a T-shirts brand founded 2013 in Ramallah by Amer Amin. All Qubtan goods are proudly and carefully handmade in Palestine from neck to waist. See: qubtan.com
Materials: Cotton (unbleached, from Hebron)
Embroidery: colored ropes, selected by the women
Size: 26 x 33 cm
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