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March 01, 2011

SAUDI ARAMCO WORLD - Book Review of Threads of Identity

This very beautiful book about costume and textile is quite different from most works on the subject, as the cover suggests, with its picture of a tasseled fringe and a series of photographs of women. A great deal of invaluable information is given about the varied articles of clothing from different areas of Palestine, but the emphasis is always on the women who made them, with each named and with the hometown or village that she was forced to leave identified.

 

Widad Kamel Kawar, whose lifelong passion for her national heritage has led her to build this unparalleled collection, allows the women, Muslim and Christian, to speak about what their weaving and embroidery and their particular articles of dress mean to them and, through these, to tell the stories of the terrible losses they have endured since 1948 and 1967.

 

The book has numerous excellent photographs, modern and historic, and is filled with information to aid the identification of individual pieces or patterns, always giving the Arabic names. It is a treasure trove for embroiderers and designers, as well as textile collectors and experts, and a visual delight. In the end, however, it is the oral histories, the lives of the women themselves whom the author has saved from obscurity, that remain unforgettable.

 

Review by Caroline Stone

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