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Bethlehem from the south, 1945

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posted on 31.05.2019 by Freja Howat-Maxted, Leila Sansour, Jacob Norris
This is a digital reproduction of an image held within the Library of Congress.

The image depicts a woman collecting water from a well, to the south of Bethlehem (visible in the background). The woman is wearing traditional garments of Bethlehem. 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.

This image is part of the Bethlehem Women collection within the Library of Congress project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.

History

Contributors

G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection

Date

16440

Type

1 negative : safety film ; 4 x 5 in.

Source

Library of Congress, Matson Collection

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pb_lc_bwo_c19340000-0011aa.tiff, pb_lc_bwo_c18980000-0023aa.tiff

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31.7053996,35.1936877

Spatial Relation

Bethlehem

Identifier

pb_lc_bwo_019450301-0025aa.tiff

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Library of Congress. No known restrictions on publication.

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