sometimes called the national art of Palestine. The
earliest forms of embroidered cross stitch in the
Holy Land were around the 11th Century. Traditional
folk embroidery was an art, with patterns, colors
and types of stitch passed on through generations.
Designs and thread were inspired by the natural
environment in respective regions as well as rug
designs in mosques and gold thread and symbols from
the robes of church men. Some colors were derived
from dyes from berries and flowers; others were pure
silk threads from Lebanon and Syria.
As with most
important symbols, embroidery art is very important
to the identity of the Palestinian culture. Each
region has its own unique design and pattern.
Indeed, one can tell where a Palestinian woman
lives, just by the colors and pattern of her