Woman and tree, Bethlehem, c.1898-1946
The image depicts a woman wearing traditional garments of Bethlehem, seated under a tree with the Bethlehem skyline in the background. Bethlehem was one of the most famous centres for embroidery in Palestine, with its dresses produced in linen and silk. The short jacket (taqsireh) worn over a long sleeved, heavily embroidered dress with a chest panel is customary to the area. The cone-shaped headdress, known as a 'shatweh', was worn by married women in Bethlehem and lined with rows of coins, beads and coral, to display family wealth.