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نداء للتضامن Until liberation
Design for Disarming times
التصميم لأوقاتنا المجرِّدة Onomatopee publishers, 2020
Life of the Palestinian rug
ورشة البساط الفلسطيني Birzeit, September - October 2020
Masters programme Disarming design
ماجستير معهد ساندبرج Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, 2020 — 2022
Facemask from Gaza
قناع الوجه من غزة August 2020
Hosh Jalsa
حوش جلسة Birzeit, 2018 – 2020
Marketing workshop
ورشة التسويق Birzeit, January – February 2020
Bags Prince Claus Awards
حقائب صندوق الأمير كلوز Amsterdam, 4 December 2019
Crossing Boundaries lecture
محاضرة "اجتياز الحدود" VCUQatar, Doha, 19-22 November 2019
PhD research
أبحاث الدكتوراة ARIA, Antwerp, 2019–2023
Intimate terrains
إقتراب الآفاق Birzeit, 21–29 august 2019
The real and the absent
جسور من الماضي Birzeit, June – September 2019
Young artisans market
سوق الحرفيّين الشّباب Birzeit, 2019
Reworlding Ramallah
إعادة قولبة العالم : رام الله Birzeit, January – April 2019
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هدايا محفّزة للفكر في فترة الأعياد Droog, Amsterdam, 6 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
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تفكير جماعي Hosh Jalsa, Birzeit, November – December 2018
My house is your house
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Life of the Palestinian rug
ورشة البساط الفلسطيني


Investigating the life of the Palestinian rug
Birzeit, September - October 2020

In the autumn of 2020 the Netherlands based magazine MacGuffin teamed up with Disarming Design from Palestine, filmmaker Alexandre Humbert and emerging Palestinian designers Rawan Bazbazat, Khalid Ladadweh, Dalal Odeh and Lara Salous to investigate the production and use of rugs in Palestine. The resulting series of short movies is a poignant ‘unweaving’ of the rug and its personal stories, taking place under the surface of mainstream narratives. Lost crafts, barbed wire and poisoned sheep: the movies portray not so much the presence but the absence of the rug in the occupied territories, underlining the complexities and modern-day realities of the Palestinian diaspora.

MacGuffin magazine is a platform for fans of inspiring, personal, unexpected, highly familiar or utterly disregarded things.They attempted to portray the complexities and modern-day realities of the Palestine diaspora through rugs — bringing together previously unheard voices and giving them resonance.

Birzeit University, 18 October 2020
DDFP and the Faculty of Arts, Music and Design at Birzeit University were honored to invite those interested to attend a seminar on traditional rugs making in Palestine, with the participation of the weaver Mrs. Faryal Al-Salameen from the village of Al-Samou ‘in southern Hebron. Mrs. Firyal gave a presentation of the mechanism of weaving the Palestinian rug step by step. She told us the story of the stages of making the rug, starting with raising livestock, shearing wool, then dyeing and spinning it before starting to weave the threads. She told us about her production and life experience in weaving various pieces and their uses, what it means for her and for us in the past and the present, and what she hopes for this Palestinian traditional handicraft industry in the future.

The participants made a field trip to the Jordan Valley to visit Bedouin communities, whose Palestinian rug industry was an essential part of their lifestyle. The first visit was to the Bedouin community in the Aqbat Jaber Palestinian refugee camp in Jericho. The Bedouin community consisting of the Arab Jahalin tribe, which was subjected to two forced migration, the first from their home in the southern Hebron Mountains to the Khan al-Ummar area, and then they were forced to seek refuge in Aqbat Jabr camp.

Due to the scarcity of grazing lands and the conditions for their residency in the camp, they have had to adapt and live just as refugees live in the camp under the conditions of the Palestinian Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Despite this, the Jahalin Arabs are still trying to preserve their heritage represented in their folkloric production despite the difficult conditions of production and marketing.

The second visit was to the Arab Aljahaleen in the Khan al-Ahmar area, who migrated from the hills south of Hebron in 1955, after being terrorised by the Israeli army and after they lost 7 members of the tribe. At first, they migrated with their homes and subsistence items made of got skin and hair and lambs’ wool. They were forced to replace their original homes and used wooden, iron and plastic bags instead of wool, not because it is easier and better, but because the Israeli occupation made it difficult for them to graze their livestock by forcing them to raise them in limited areas. The siege of the Israelis narrowed the way for them to graze their livestock, and consequently the number of livestock decreased dramatically, until the production of wool became very insignificant, and it was not sufficient for them to spin wool and weave homes, forcing them to use the available materials in building their homes.

In these two visits, we witnessed how the Israeli occupation is besieging the Palestinians in various ways and by means of terror, siege and force. They do not only occupy the land, but also force the Palestinians to forcibly change their way of life in order to completely evacuate them. It is a kind of systematic ethnic cleansing.

 

Short movies on the life of the Palestinian rug

After investigating the historical, cultural, and emotional aspects of rugs, participants investigated this object as a starting element to create a short film, where the rug is the structural element in which a personal approach was integrated.

My Absent Rug – Lara Salous
Rug on the Highway – Khalid Ladadweh
Al-Hujrah – Dalal Odeh
Barriers – Rawan Bazbazat

Workshop
facilitation: Kirsten Algera & Ernst Van Der Hoeven & Alexandre Humbert
coordination: Alia Alrosan
participants: Lara Salous, Rawan Bazbazat, Khalid Ladadweh, Dalal Odeh

Get an issue of MacGuffin The Rug here.