PHOTOS: Dressmakers keep Palestinian tradition alive in refugee camp in Jordan

Palestinian refugee Um Zeid spends her days at home in the sprawling Baqaa camp in Jordan sewing colourful dresses which gives her an income and keeps tradition alive. “At first, this was a hobby, because I love wearing the Palestinian thobe (dress), but it has since become my profession,” she said. The mother of seven works with five other women hand-sewing the dresses from brightly coloured thread. They sell to customers in fashionable parts of the city for 150-700 dinars ($200-990) a piece. The 47-year-old Palestinian woman who was born in the camp on the edge of Amman recalls how her parents left their village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank when Israel took the territory during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

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Um Zeid, 47 year-old, and Khawla 48 year-old, Palestinian refugees women living in Jordan embroider a traditional Palestinian dresses for customers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan, June 16, 2020. Picture taken June 16, 2020. (REUTERS)

Um Zeid, 47 year-old, and Khawla 48 year-old, Palestinian refugees women living in Jordan embroider a traditional Palestinian dresses for customers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan, June 16, 2020. Picture taken June 16, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Um Zeid, 47 year-old Palestinian refugee woman living in Jordan embroiders a traditional Palestinian dress for customers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp. (REUTERS)

Um Zeid, 47 year-old Palestinian refugee woman living in Jordan embroiders a traditional Palestinian dress for customers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp. (REUTERS)

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Um Zeid, 47 year-old, and Khawla 48 year-old, Palestinian refugees women living in Jordan embroider a traditional Palestinian dresses for customers. (REUTERS)

Um Zeid, 47 year-old, and Khawla 48 year-old, Palestinian refugees women living in Jordan embroider a traditional Palestinian dresses for customers. (REUTERS)

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A general view shows Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan June 16, 2020. (REUTERS)

A general view shows Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan June 16, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Um Zeid, 47 year-old, and Khawla 48 year-old, Palestinian refugees women living in Jordan embroider a traditional Palestinian dresses for customers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan. (REUTERS)

Um Zeid, 47 year-old, and Khawla 48 year-old, Palestinian refugees women living in Jordan embroider a traditional Palestinian dresses for customers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan. (REUTERS)

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Um Nayef, 74 year-old Palestinian refugee woman living in Jordan, wears the traditional Palestinian dress as she poses in front of her home at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan, June 16, 2020. (REUTERS)

Um Nayef, 74 year-old Palestinian refugee woman living in Jordan, wears the traditional Palestinian dress as she poses in front of her home at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan, June 16, 2020. (REUTERS)

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