Beit Doqo Development Society
These gorgeous designs from Nadira Alaraj in partnership with the Kattan family silversmiths are each unique pieces. After harvesting Roman olive leaves from Bethlehem, they cast them to create unique olive leaf molds that are filled with sterling silver. Every single silver leaf is individually formed from a mold that is only used once, rendering unique, one-of-a-kind leaves from the ancient trees of Bethlehem. All connector pieces and wires as well as bands are also hand crafted by the talented father and son silversmiths.
Traces Palestine collects stones from around the country and places pebbles in locally crafted necklaces, earrings and rings. Traces relies on friends in the community to collect stones from Palestinian villages and towns. Silversmiths in Bethlehem create frames for the jewelry. The brand has grown to train 5 women jewelers in Ramallah who generate income from home, fixing the pebbles in the frames and finishing each piece of beautiful Palestinian craftstmanship.
A mother of a teething baby started this great line of organic olive wood teething rings and nursing necklaces in Palestine. The wood is carved bead by bead in Bethlehem, then polished and oiled with cold pressed, extra virgin, organic olive oil and strung with beads that are hand crocheted by women in the village of Deir Ghassaneh.
Domari Gypsy Society
In Palestine, there is a small community of gypsies in Jerusalem’s old city. They formed this vital Society to offer tutoring support to school kids, trainings for women in craft making and an adult literacy program. They create colorful jewelry and bags using vibrant fabrics.