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Fair Trade Palestinian Crafts 

Product Catalog


  |  Sunbula Product Catalog

A member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), 

Sunbula is committed to upholding Fair Trade 

values: creating opportunities for disadvantaged 

producers, sustaining fair working conditions 

and wages, empowering women, and preserving 

traditional crafts and artisan skills.

 is a Palestinian fair trade 

organization that supports economic empowerment of the 

marginalized through the promotion of traditional handicrafts.  


Established in 1996 in Jerusalem, we strive to assist Palestinian craft 

producers in the marketing of their products and the development 

of their capacity.  Sunbula operates two fair trade stores in 

Jerusalem and Online Craft Market (www.sunbula.org), and 

provides training for craft producers to improve their production.  

More than 2,000 women, refugees, people with disabilities, 

small-scale farmers and members of minority groups benefit from 

income generated at our stores and our development activities.  

We also work to preserve and revitalize the cultural heritage of 

Palestine by documenting disappearing artisan techniques and 

designs and teaching them to the young generation.

“Sunbula” is Arabic for ‘spike of wheat’, the flower that makes 

bread.  As its name symbolizes, we work to provide the gift of a 

more dignified life.

Handicrafts in Palestine


are largely produced by small 

grassroots organizations and women’s cooperatives.  Based in local 

communities, these groups are accessible to those with limited job 

opportunities, primarily women who often cannot afford education, 

marry young and typically have large families.  Many of them are the 

only wage earner in the family amidst unemployment and poverty 

in Palestine.  In villages, women’s groups distribute thread and 

fabric, enabling mothers to embroider at home while running their 

households.  At a soap-making workshop, refugee women make all-

natural soap from the locally-harvested olive oil.  Centers for people 

with disability make recycled paper gifts, candles, and felt from 

local sheep wool – crafts that can be made with simple skills.  In the 

desert, the Bedouin women organize themselves into spinning and 

weaving groups to produce modern rugs with traditional techniques.  

All of these artisans, using the skills that have been passed on 

through generations, work hard to help themselves and provide for 

their families.   


Day-to-day work is full of challenges for these artisans living under 

the Israeli military occupation.  Communities in the West Bank 

and Gaza Strip resemble an open air prison, closed in by Israeli 

Artisan heritage of Palestine


has developed throughout its millennia-long history.  Located at 

a crossroads of civilizations, Palestinian crafts were influenced 

by many cultures, while developing their own distinct styles and 

flavors.  The most prominently known among the Palestinian 

crafts is the splendid embroidery, which used to adorn 

traditional women’s dresses and is used today in modern items 

like cushions, bags, and shawls.  In the desert, Bedouins weave 

sheep and camel wool, once made into tents they lived in and 

now incorporated into contemporary home décor.  Baskets and 

trays are woven in the agricultural communities, while artisans 

of Bethlehem have been making olivewood and mother-of-

pearl souvenirs since the Christian pilgrimage started centuries 

ago.  Blessed with the Mediterranean climate, olive is the major 

crop of Palestine.  Its organic oil has been gaining international 

recognition in recent years and the local women use it to 

produce handmade soap.  

Enjoy a glimpse into this rich heritage on the pages of this 


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Fair Trade Shopping 




Bags & Purses   





Books & Gifts   













Home Décor   





Babies & Kids   





Kitchen & Dining     




Olive Oil & Soaps     








Special Orders and Discount Policy   






Craft Producers       



Cross-stitch Embroidery    




Majdalawi Weaving   












Olivewood and Mother-of-Pearl Carving   


Bedouin Weaving     




Palestinian Dresses   




Couching-stitch Embroidery    










Olive Oil Soap Making   








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settlements, road networks, army check points and the Separation 

Wall.  The lack of freedom of movement interferes with all aspects of 

life – from coming to their local cooperatives to receive the day’s work 

to reaching the cities to buy raw materials.  Even fabric and threads 

cannot always be found in the market due to the Israel restrictions on 

Palestinian commerce, especially in the Gaza Strip.  Jerusalem, once 

the economic, social, and cultural center, has, over the last decade, 

become inaccessible to the residents of the rest of the occupied 

territories who are forbidden to enter their holy city without an Israeli-

issued permit.  This dealt a devastating blow to the artisans who used 

to sell products in the tourist market.  Palestinians living inside Israel 

suffer from wide-ranging social and economic discrimination as the 

indigenous Arab minority living in a Jewish state. 

Sunbula, as a fair trade organization, acts as a bridge between these craft 

producers with consumers around the world.  Through the purchase of our 

handicrafts, you are helping to ensure their livelihood is protected and the 

heritage of this ancient land is preserved.

Writing and editing: Shirabe Yamada

Graphic design: Tawfik Gazal

Photography: Ala Abo Assad, Idioms Film, Dafna Gazit, Ahed Izhiman, Yves 

Samuel, Steve Sabella, Sára Foitová, Jean-Charles Bouillaud, Aida Burnett-Cargill 

Models: Tania Manougian, Claire Matsunami, Ahmad Tawil, Mirielle Awad 

Special Thanks: Hamada Atallah, Amira Qumsieh, St. Andrew’s Scottish 

Guesthouse – Jerusalem

Product Design at Sunbula

Sunbula works with Palestinian designers in the product 

development, in order to bring their fresh ideas, creativity 

and technical skills in our products. The designers – Hamada 

Atallah in fashion and textile, Amir Samameh in jewelry, 

and Ahmad Tawil in graphic design – provide intensive, 

hands-on trainings that aim to develop the skills of our 

artisans and to expand their product line, while staying 

true to Palestinian artisan heritage.  Our designer-artisan 

collaboration has created a number of popular products, 

many of which are in this catalog.  

Sunbula designer Hamada Atallah gives 

training at Women’s Program Center at 

Amari refugee camp, Ramallah.


  |  Sunbula Product Catalog

Beit Doqu 




is located in the 

village of Beit Doqu in the 

Jerusalem district of the 

West Bank.  Surrounded 

by Israeli settlements 

and the Separation 

Wall, the village suffers 

from limited access to 

the outside world.  The 

society provides an array 

of activities for women 

and youth, including 


through traditional 


Craft Producers of Palestine 


Sunbula supports these 19 organizations across Palestine. 

Get to know the faces behind our products!

Domari Society of Gypsies in 



founded in 1999, is the only 

organization in Palestine dedicated to the 

empowerment of the Domari (gypsy) people.  

The Society provides educational and cultural 

activities for this minority community that 

arrived in Jerusalem centuries ago.  The Domari 

heritage, despite assimilation, is kept alive in 

their customs, food, and handicrafts.  

Canaan Palestine


works with 43 olive 

cooperatives (1,700 farmers) in the northern 

districts of the West Bank.  It provides income-

generation opportunities, supports traditional 

farming heritage, and offers scholarships for 

farmer’s children and micro-loans, by working in 

partnership with Palestine Fair Trade Association, an 

umbrella body for cooperatives.


YWCA of Palestine,


established in 1918, has a 

long tradition of community service in Palestine.  Today, 

at a YWCA centre in Jalazone refugee camp, women 

earn income through the production of dolls wearing 

traditional Palestinian costumes.

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Sindyanna of Galilee


a nonprofit fair trade 

organization, is located in the Palestinian village of Kfer 

Kana in the Galilee region in northern Israel.  Run jointly 

by Arab and Jewish women, Sindyanna functions as a 

packaging and distribution outlet for products made by 

Palestinian farmers from both inside Israel and the West 


The Melkite Pastoral Center


was established 

in 1988 in the city of Ramallah during the first Intifada 

(the Palestinian uprising) by the sisters of Greek Catholic 

(Melkite) Church, in response to women’s aspirations to earn 

much-needed income.  It provides embroidery and sewing 

work for women from 15 villages in the surrounding area.

The Haneen Project


is an initiative established 

as a result of Sunbula’s product development 

training in 2007 in Balata refugee camp.  A group 

of women who received the training formed an 

independent income-generating project to support 

their families.  Haneen means ‘longing’ in Arabic, 

and it symbolizes the refugees’ longing for their 

ancestral homeland and cultural heritage.     

Amari Women’s 

Program Center



in Amari refugee camp 

near the city of Ramallah, 

provides various social 

activities for women, such as 

kindergarten and vocational 

training.  It became a 

Sunbula partner in 2010. 

Its participation in Sunbula’s 

product development training 

resulted in new wage-earning 

opportunities for 13 women 

who now regularly receive 

embroidery and sewing work.








The Oasis Workshop


founded as a project of the 

Union of Health Work Committees in 1998, is a craft 

workshop in the village of Beit Sahour. It provides an 

opportunity for adults with mental disabilities in the 

Bethlehem area to work meaningfully and productively, 

and to integrate people with disabilities into the 

Palestinian society. 


  |  Sunbula Product Catalog

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project



established in 1950 by UNRWA, and provides income-

generating opportunities for hundreds of refugee 

women through a network of 9 community centers 

across the Gaza Strip, where a majority of people lives 

below the poverty line. Gazan women’s artisanship 

and resilient spirits are reflected in the beauty of their 

products that keep alive traditional embroidery.  

Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving Project




established in 1991 as an income-generation project for 

Palestinian Bedouin women living in the Negev desert 

in southern Israel.   Through its network of 6 women’s 

centers across the area, approximately 90 Bedouin women 

are provided with an opportunity to earn their livelihood 

through the production of traditional Bedouin rugs.

Atfaluna Crafts 

is an income-generation project of Atfaluna 

Society for Deaf Children, and is the only institution in the Gaza 

Strip that is devoted to education and services of people with 

hearing disabilities.  Atfaluna Crafts runs wood-carving, pottery, 

embroidery, and weaving workshops that produce quality crafts and 

provide income-generation opportunities for adults with hearing 


Idna Ladies’ Association


was established in 

1988 by a group of women in Idna village.  More 

than 50 women support their families through 

embroidery and sewing work in the village that 

suffers from critical unemployment, adult illiteracy, 

and inadequate health and educational facilities.  

Surif Women’s Cooperative


located in the village 

of Surif in the south of the West Bank, was founded 

by Mennonite volunteers in 1950 to support the 1948-

war refugees that comprised about a half of the village 

population.  Among one of the oldest women’s cooperatives 

in Palestine, it engages more than 400 women who earn 

income through embroidery and sewing work.


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Ma’an Lil-Hayat


(Arabic for ‘Together for Life’) is the first 

and only group that makes felt products from local sheep wool 

in Palestine.  Established in 2009 as a project of the International 

Federation of L’Arche Communities, Ma’an Lil-Hayat provides 

social activities and income-generation opportunities by bringing 

together people with and without intellectual disabilities in the 

Bethlehem area.

Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative


located in the 

village of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, consists of 35 artisans 

who makes souvenir items and accessories from olive wood and 

mother-of-pearl,  an ancient heritage that dates back to the 4th 

century with the start of the Christian pilgrimage to the Holy 


Aseela Women’s Cooperative


was established in 

2004 in Bethlehem by a group of 14 women who came 

together to address economic needs of refugee families 

in the area.  Aseela strives to produce top quality olive oil 

soap by using all natural, local ingredients with traditional 

methods that are passed on through generations.  

Bethlehem Arab Women’s Union


dates back 

to 1947 when it was founded as a first aid center 

to care for refugees from the first Arab-Israeli war.  

It continues to serve the needs of Bethlehemites 

of all ages today.  The Union runs the embroidery 

workshop and folklore museum in the Old City of 

Bethlehem, near the Church of Nativity.  

Women’s Child Care Society


was established 

in 1944 in the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem. 

It specializes in the couching stitch embroidery, a 

local tradition of Bethlehem, and provides economic 

opportunity to 50 women from nearby villages.  



The Negev



  |  Sunbula Product Catalog

A. Embroidered Tunic (101001)

This beautiful tunic is hand embroidered on the 

chest and sleeves. Linen 100%. 

Available in size M.  

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza.  

B. Light-weight Cotton Scarves (366202)

Intricately embroidered everyday scarf for warm 

seasons. Hand wash recommended.  Cotton 

100%. Available in assorted colors and motifs.  

76 x 13 (in) | 192 x 33 (cm)

Idna Ladies Association, Hebron 

C. Scarf – Pyramid, Spider (102360)   

Narrow rectangular shape for putting around 

your shoulders.  

16 x 67 (in) | 40 x 170 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza 

D. Shawl – Pyramid (106100)

Large triangle shape to wrap around your 


36 x 66 (in) | 90 x 168 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza 

E. Shawl – Nature (106250)

Elegant and stylish, this gorgeous shawl will be 

the finishing accessory for any occasion.  Large 

triangle shape to wrap around your body.  

36 x 79 (in) | 90 x 200 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza

F. Shawl – Spider (106320) 

Large triangle shape to wrap around your body.  

36 x 66 (in) | 90 x 168 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza


G. Pyramid (106450) 

H. Spider (106460) 

Wide rectangular shape to wrap around your 


25 x 67 (in) | 64 x 170 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza



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Gaza Shawls and Scarves

Intricately embroidered by the women 

of Gaza’s refugee camps. Come in three 

traditional designs in red or multicolor 

embroidery, on black or dark blue fabric. 

Viscose 100%, dry-clean or hand wash.









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A. Embroidered Cape (107600) 

Gorgeously embroidered with the Pyramid 

and Cypress design. A true testament to Gaza 

women’s artisanship. Viscose 100%. Dry clean 

or hand wash. Available in multicolor (on the 

model) or red embroidery.  

50 x 42.5 (in) | 76 x 108 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza 

B. Tahriri Embroidered Chest Panel (271000)

Gorgeous chest panel is the center-piece of 

traditional Palestinian dress. Attach this ‘tahriri’ 

(couching stitch) chest panel to transform your 

dress, or frame it to adorn your wall. Cotton 

with lining on the back. Dry clean.  

13 x 10.5 (in) | 33 x 27 (cm)

Women’s Child Care SocietyBethlehem


C. Tahriri Embroidered Belt (270900)

This beautiful belt will turn your dress into a very 

special outfit.  Cotton with lining on the back. 

Dry clean.  

40 x 2 (in) | 100 x 5 (cm) 

Women’s Child Care SocietyBethlehem


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D. Embroidered Belts (368110) 

These pretty embroidered belts come in 6 vibrant colors: red, pink, olive, 

camel, lavender, blue. Cotton with lining on the back.  

Free size 

Idna Ladies’ Association, Hebron

E. Embroidered Hatta Shawl (106321) 

Hand-embroidered Hatta pattern on the large triangular shawl.  

32 x 79 (in) | 80 x 200 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza


F. Hatta Scarf with Embroidery (250006) 

Stylish scarf with hatta on one side, embroidered black cotton on the 


67 x 6.4 (in) | 170 x 16 (cm) 

Haneen Project, Nablus 

G. Embroidered Hatta Scarf – Rainbow (106341) 

Hand embroidered Hatta in the rainbow color – the symbol of diversity and 


20 x 76 (in) | 50 x 194 (cm)

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza

H. Embroidered Hatta Shawl – Floral (106331) 

Floral motif adds a feminine touch on this embroidered Hatta. A large 

triangular shape to wrap around your body.  

28 x 94 (in) | 70 x 240 (cm) 

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza 

I. Embroidered Hatta Scarf (102361) 

Narrow rectangular shape for putting around your shoulder.  

16 x 64.5 (in) | 32 x 79 (cm)

UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project, Gaza 







The traditional Palestinian headscarf, also known as 

Kuffiyeh, hand-embroidered in Gaza. Viscose 100%. 

Dry clean or hand wash.  


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