Woman of Ramallah

The fine needlework of the women of Ramallah, Jerusalem, is effectively displayed against the cream colored gown which is the local costume.

The design is worked in diminutive red and black cross stitch on hand woven cotton or linen. The embroidery forms a deep front yoke and is used also to edge the wide pointed sleeves and to mark ver tical panels on the skirt. A striped girdle is tied around the waist.

A fitted cap which is the basis of the headdress matches the material of the dress. A solid row of coins is sewn across the front of the cap framing the face. A large white veil, customarily banded with embroidery, is draped across the crown of the headdress and falls gracefully over the shoulders.

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Woman of Ramallah (Near Jerusalem)

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