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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…[…]

Ahmad Mohammad Ghazaq, Mohammad Rustum and Rustum Ziad Rustum pose in their traditional costumes.

The Abu Rustom Dance Troupe Keeps the Tradition of Homs Alive in the Heart of Zaatari

A simple coffee shop on the main street of the Zaatari camp holds a secret. In a room in the back, a sword-dancing, chanting, brilliantly clothed group of Syrian men and boys practice the Aradah shabiya, a traditional Syrian folk dance, preparing for their performances in weddings and special occasions…[…]
Bilal Abu Khalaf in his fabric shop - by Aaron Cederberg

Bilal Abu Khalaf in his fabric shop - by Aaron Cederberg

The Surviving Threads of Syria’s Textile Industry

I’ve spent the past few months searching for the threads of a disappearing world. Syria’s textiles—richly textured in blues and yellows, reds and creams, often threaded with gold and silver colored threads, and with a quality that sometimes makes them seem to shimmer in the light—have long been the country’s pride.…[…]
Syrian style eggplants for sale in the market of Ramtha, Jordan

Syrian style eggplants for sale in the market of Ramtha, Jordan - by Stephanie Saldaña

The Seeds of Makdous

Of the many stories of heritage I’ve heard in the past months, the one that has stayed with me the most is about seeds. When I traveled to Ramtha on the northern Jordanian border this November, I heard from locals that Syrian refugees had been arriving from nearby Daraa across the…[…]

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