Reaching 24 partners!
We have welcomed 2 new craft producer groups to our partnership this year. Nisf Jubeil Ceramic brings us hand-crafted pottery by young women from the village of Nisf Jubeil, near Nablus. Beita Women's Development Society provides social and economic programs to village women in Nablus and Salfit areas.
Sunbula is now working in partnership with a total of 24 craft producer groups, representing a diverse range of Palestinian crafts. By marketing their products at our fair trade stores, we strive to ensure the livelihood of artisans and the continuation of these traditions.
We worked with the artist Ayed Arafah from Bethlehem to set up a printing workshop from scratch. Ayed custom-made the equipment, and trained a group of women in basic silk-screening techniques for printing t-shirts.
Original prints were designed by Ayed and Mahran Ismail, a graphic designer from Nablus. The garments were sourced locally from one of the surviving textile factories in the West Bank.
After months of training and learning how to run a grassroots enterprise, the women completed their first t-shirts collection just in time for the holiday season.
They are now seeing the first fruit of the project -- an opportunity to work and to earn their own income.
The t-shirts are available at Sunbula fair trade store in Jerusalem and will also be at our online store soon!
For many years, Sunbula, together with the experts Tania Nasir and Omar Nasser-Khoury, has been working to create an instruction manual on Palestinian embroidery, focusing on 17 techniques that are becoming forgotten. Thanks to a lot of support we received on the crowdfunding with BuildPalestine, we were able to raise funding to bring this book to a reality this year.
Originally planned for this October, the book launch is now scheduled for the springtime 2019. We will announce the date once it is finalized. Stay tuned!
The garden at our fair trade store in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem was busy and lively in the spring and fall months, showcasing the food and crafts by local producers and artisans.
Annual Holiday Bazaar
We wrapped up the year with the holiday bazaar in the beautiful courtyard of W.F. Albright Institute for Archeology in Jerusalem, in cooperation with The Educational Bookshop. Despite the sketchy weather so many people turned up to shop directly from our partner producer groups and guest vendors from across Palestine. It was one of our most successful bazaars ever!
We would like to thank everyone who supported our work in 2018, by visiting our shops, volunteering at our events, and contributing to our projects.