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 living in refugee camps outside their homes. 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 whom 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.
In December 2019, a new design was made on the occasion of the Prince Claus Awards for the ceremony’s guests; 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