Red, black, white and green – the colours of the watermelon, and of the Palestinian flag. After the war in 1967, the Israeli occupation forces prohibited the display of the Palestinian flag and its colours. As a form of protest, people would carry around slices of watermelon instead. Before the Oslo accords, in the Gaza Strip, young men were even arrested for carrying sliced watermelons – for displaying the Palestinian colours.
The Palestinian flag remains a contested symbol, forbidden under Israeli law and even denied during peaceful solidarity protests in Berlin in 2022. Let us keep carrying slices of watermelon as signs of resistance. This Cross-stitch coin purse features its pattern, symbolising protest and solidarity. The piece has been meticulously handcrafted by skilled women in Gaza city. It’s designed by Gaza based architect Ibrahim Muhtadi and inspired by the Watermelon flag of Khaled Hourani.
- Further reading:
- How the watermelon became a symbol of Palestinian Resistance [Hyperallergic]
- Ibrahim Muhtadi (PS)
Ibrahim Muhtadi is a Palestinian architect living in Gaza. Being an architect has given him the opportunity to both observe and practice the principles of art and design, and leading naturally to the pursuit of design work outside architecture. He has many interests in the home accessories design, Arabic calligraphy design, graphic design and jewelry design. Muhtadi inspired by the authenticity and the beauty of the Arabic Calligraphy. His talent and passion for creative expression has led him to shift his design skills from the sketches on the paper to the unique and original pieces of jewellery and arts.
- Women groups in the Gaza stripThe embroidery work on the watermelon wallet was created by skilled refugee women groups in the Gaza strip. They are talented individuals rather than an organization.
Material: DMC threads on cotton fabric (black cotton, red linen), YKK black zipper
Size: ± 7 x 11cm