Saturday, May 6, 2017
NEW MESSENGER BAGS with old Bedouin embroidery
I don't know why these used Bedouin dresses end up at the flea market in Yafo. I always wonder...
I go there and bargain and buy them. I am happy. I take them home, wash them thoroughly, and take them apart.
While doing so, I think about those women. I imagine them stitching, sitting in the sand maybe?
The days are hot in the desert and the nights are cold. What is the woman thinking? Does she stitch her love and hopes into her embroidery? How does she choose her colors? And the pattern? Is she working for herself? For her daughters to get married?
I try to honor their labor. I treat the embroidery pieces I cut from the best preserved parts of the dresses with love. I transform them into another item of beauty.
I make bags and adorn them with the colorful cross stitch embroidery of the Bedouin women of the Sinai and the Negev desert in the land of Israel.