Majdalawi Weaving

Originating from the Palestinian village of al-Majdal Asqalan (today the Israeli city Ashkelon), Majdalawi fabric is woven on single treadle looms.  The original weave used black and indigo cotton threads accented by bands of turquoise and fuchsia silk threads symbolizing heaven and hell.  Majdalawi was a popular fabric used for making traditional dress throughout the south of historic Palestine.  Today, a handful of weavers keep this tradition alive in the Gaza Strip.