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"My grandmother has a dress and a shawl"

Our grandchild Alexandra recounts her recent trip to Gaza:  The Gaza Strip regularly makes headlines, but rarely as a clothing capital. However, the intricate and distinctive embroidery of Gaza was recently highlighted in a local fashion show during which models displayed striking pieces blending contemporary and traditional elements. Taita Leila’s Gaza top would have fit right in with its bright pink and blue thread woven around as if a necklace. Visiting Gaza City myself a couple of months ago, it made sense to me that Gaza has a long history as a fashionable embroidery center. Most women I saw were dressed conservatively in public – almost everyone wore a hijab and long skirt or dress – but so many were wearing...

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