Napkins measure 11” x 13.5” and are made of a stiff or starched cotton. Needlepoint features musicians, a landscape and a man with a mule.
These were likely made by the Arab Refugee Handworks Centre in Jerusalem. Though the tag is missing. The residue you see on one of the napkins is where the sticker would have been.
Palestine refugees are defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.”
Nearly one-third of the registered Palestine refugees, more than 1.5 million individuals, live in 58 recognized Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Palestinian Arab women’s organizations, were key in establishing workshops and distribution networks to produce and market women’s handcrafts as a means to develop and improve living conditions for the women and their families. The earliest women’s committees were organized by elite Palestinian women, including daughters and wives of political leaders. In the 1950's The Arab Refugee Handworks Center was founded in Jerusalem. The workshop coordinated the production of high-quality embroidered products by 20-25 women in camps in Jericho and Hebron. It grew to about 700- 1000 workers (at times more), with half a million items of handwork completed by the late 1960s.