"Ruth" story, c.1940-1946
figureposted on 31.05.2019, 07:55 by Freja Howat-Maxted, Leila Sansour, Jacob Norris
This is a digital reproduction of an image held within the Library of Congress.
The women pictured have been captured mid-performance in the re-enactment of Old Testament Book of Ruth. They are dressed in traditional Palestinian dress, local to the Bethlehem region. They are both wearing festive dresses with heavily embroidered chest panels, which would usually include elements of Syrian silk, European velvet, brocade and cotton prints. The dress and movements of the women would indicate that they are celebrating a wedding (see "relation" field).
This image exists as part of the Bethlehem Women collection within the Library of Congress project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.