With old traditional dresses that are more than 200 years old, and with the most popular food in Silwan “Jarishah”, and “Al Hawin” (a pestle), “Babour”( a vintage kerosene stove), and “jarousha” (a stone grain mill) which were old equipment used in cooking, and with a combination of traditions, conversations about the past and an atmosphere of a Palestinian Wedding, the women group at Madaa revived the Palestinian heritage day.
Presenting Palestinian Traditional Dresses that are over 200 Years Old
The women presented a collection of traditional Palestinian dresses that they inherited from their grandmothers in addition to a collection of bags, accessories and shoes that they had made by recycling old traditional Palestinian dresses. They also redesigned new models of the traditional Palestinian dress to fit today’s sense of style. The celebration coordinator, Amal Al Sabbah said: “During the show of the traditional Palestinian dresses we explained these dresses to the women. Long ago they would be able to distinguish each area in Palestine by the drawings they had on their traditional dresses. For example, the traditional dresses of Jerusalem were distinguished by Damask roses, however the traditional dresses of Gaza and Beer Al Sabe’ were distinguished by geometric shapes.”
The Palestinian Wedding, “Jarishah meal, the Colors of the Traditional Palestinian Dresses, and Bride’s Procession”
During the celebration of reviving Palestinian heritage, the women prepared a Palestinian popular dish called “Jarishah” which used to be made at weddings especially in the town of Silwan. They used vintage kitchen utensils to cook that meal such as the “Babour”( a vintage kerosene stove), Hawin” (a pestle), “jarousha” (a stone grain mill), and “Hilla” (a pot), even the trays they used to present the Jarishah were from old times. Sabbah said: “We explained the atmosphere of the weddings long ago, women used to wear dresses that suit their social status. For example, the bride would wear a red or pink dress, while the widow would wear a navy one, and the single would wear a light blue color. We also talked about the bride’s procession in the town of Silwan, in which all the residents of the town from all neighborhoods used to participate in, we also reminisced about the thrills of joy women expressed (zagareed) and the old songs played in Palestinian weddings as well as the drum (Tableh) which women used in all of their different special occasions .”
An Exhibition of Inherited Tools from Ancestors
During the show the women displayed a collection of tools that they inherited from their grandparents, such as vintage kitchen utensils, copper tools, and old rugs made out of sheep skin. The women learned about the history of embroidery, which was a primary source of income before factories emerged. Women used to use fruits to color the threads they used for embroidery, such as benefiting from pomegranate peels.
As for Madaa’s branch in Ein Al loza, children paid tribute to the Palestinian heritage day in a different way. They experienced the Palestinian traditional wedding by wearing the traditional Palestinian dress, as well as the “Hatta wi’gal” (Kufiya) for the boys. The staff painted Henna designs on the children’s hands. They talked about our ancestors’ traditions and then colored the traditional Palestinian dress.