Third generation fabric merchant Bilal Abu Khalaf is one of the last merchants continuing the tradition of selling traditional Syrian textiles in Jerusalem. In a city in which so much is divided, Syrian textiles are one of the rare heritage items that unite Jews, Christians and Muslims in the city. Palestinian Muslims and Christians alike used the textile in their traditional costumes. Christian clergy use the textile in their liturgical garments. And the city’s religious Jews prize the textiles for their traditional robes worn on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. With an estimated seventy percent of Syrian textile factories closed or destroyed due to the war, preserving Syria’s ancient textile heritage has become more important than ever.