"Search the scriptures" - a Bible class of Christian mothers in Bethlehem, c.1900

This is a digital reproduction of an image held within the Library of Congress.

The image shows a group of women in Bethlehem at a Christian seminary. The women are 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 Planet Bethlehem Archive.