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A man from Damascus sells coffee outside of Nafeesa a Damascus sweet shop in Amman while wearing the Damascene traditional clothes. His costume makes use of different fabrics for the headscarf the vest and belt and the shirt - by Stephanie Saldaña

Syrian Textiles Photo Gallery

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A boy waits for his woven palm from artisan Tawfiq Samara, who works in Jerusalem's Christian Quarter.

Braiding Palms in the Old City of Jerusalem

The feast of Palm Sunday, the day on which tradition says that Jesus rode a donkey over the Mount of Olives and into Jerusalem, has been an important Jerusalem feast at least since late antiquity. The 4th century pilgrim of Egeria, in her famous pilgrimage diary, writes of seeing “all…[…]
Salah Abu-Ali standing among the tangled branches of the the al-Badawi Tree - by Stephanie Saldaña

Salah Abu-Ali standing among the tangled branches of the the al-Badawi Tree - by Stephanie Saldaña

The al-Badawi Tree

In the beautiful village of Walaja just between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, a valley rich with fruit trees, a small path descends away from the houses and into the orchards. A special breeze gathers along the route. If you follow it, you will likely be accompanied by birds as you walk…[…]

Lighting candles in a hilltop shrine built inside a cave where locals believe Barbara hid from her father more than 1500 years ago - by Stephanie Saldaña

The Feast of St. Barbara in Aboud

In the northern Palestinian village of Aboud on a cold December afternoon, I join villagers who huddle in the small stone church of the Virgin Mary, called al-Aboudiya by locals, and listen. A man and an elderly woman are singing prayers in Arabic in honor of St. Barbara, whose feast…[…]

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