June 2011 – August 2011
Palestinian traditional costumes are usually associated with a geographic area. The embroidered geometric figures and motifs on each dress are associated with elements emanating from the local environment. This exhibition explores meanings and representations that imbed in the symbols, colors and fabric used in the making of the dresses; it unfolds the mannerism of social interactions and communication pertinent to aspects of life in Palestine up to the mid-20th century. The exhibition elaborates on how the symbolic nature of costumes and amulets largely reflect ideas and beliefs expressed in and through costumes. It further explores social practices related to wealth, death and mourning, the body, modesty, marriage, social status, and spiritual beliefs.