Starting in the 18th century, Nablus was a major center of industry, agriculture and trade. This left the fallahin (farmers) of Nablus and its surrounding villages with little time for intricate embroidery work. In fact, a famous Arabic saying - “I have no work, therefore I embroider” - is said to have originated here.
This appreciation for simplicity is reflected in this white top accented by minimalist patterns in the traditional colors of green, red, and yellow. Instead of the qabbeh occupying the center of the shirt, in this unique design, embroiderers stretched it to cover the shoulders.