The brightly embroidered costume of Palestinian ladies often known as the “thobe” is not the kind of garment one would count on to change into a pop political image.

But it surely’s gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the basic keffiyeh — the headband donned by younger stone-throwing Palestinian males protesting Israel’s occupation.

The gown, adorned with elaborate hand-stitched embroidery, requires months of grueling labor. Some fetch 1000’s of {dollars}, the standard textiles calling to thoughts a bygone period of Palestinian peasant ladies stitching on a break from the fields.

Final month, Rashida Tlaib wore her mom’s thobe when she was sworn-in as the primary feminine Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring omen all over the world, particularly within the Palestinian territories, to tweet pictures of themselves of their thobes.


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