Hand-embroidered vest in blue tones by Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop.
Melkite began in 1988 as a response to the desperate need of families at the outbreak of the first Intifada. It soon was serving 400 (now 270) women, providing materials and designs to women in surrounding villages. Women suddenly became breadwinners as men were imprisoned, disabled or deported. Due to low sales, women occasionally have been sent home with no work. Hard economic conditions and travel restrictions persist. The wall affects areas where some workers live; we have very limited access to Jerusalem where there are foreign tourists.
Size: small to medium