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Jamila Badwan

Jamila Badwan- Gaza Strip

A story of devoted embroidery

“In our home in Deir el-Balah, I sew with my daughter Aysha and make hand embroidered palestinian dresses. I grew up on this work. Today, I am 60 years old and still passionate about my work, and so is my 26 years old daughter.

My interest in sewing started when I was a child and used to accompany my mom to her work in swing factories and to national events and exhibitions. With time and hard work, embroidery became a good source of income for us, especially considering the harsh economic conditions in the Gaza strip due to the siege.”

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