Iconic Palestinian robe fashions a new political symbol

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Iconic Palestinian robe fashions a new political symbol

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 photo, Samiha Jeheshat, displays a handmade embroidered Palestinian thobe at her showroom in the West Bank village of Idna, north of Hebron. The thobe is gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring women around the world to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019 file photo, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., center left, wears a Palestinian thobe as Democratic members of the House of Representatives take their oath on the opening day of the 116th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington. Tlaib proudly wore her thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring women around the world to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this April 29, 2007 file photo, a Palestinian woman wearing a Palestinian dress with traditional embroidery performs a folk dance known as Debka, during a folk festival in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, designer Natalie Tahhan works in her studio in east Jerusalem. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Tahhan produces capes from digital prints that replicate traditional embroidery stitches, “connecting tradition with what is new and stylish.” (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018 file photo, a Palestinian woman wearing a traditional thobe, carries a Palestinian flag during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring women around the world to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2011 file photo, a woman views traditional Palestinian thobes during the exhibition "Women in Orient" at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, designer Natalie Tahhan works on a modern version of the traditional Palestinian thobe in her studio in east Jerusalem. Tahhan, a designer based in east Jerusalem, produces capes from digital prints that replicate traditional embroidery stitches, “connecting tradition with what is new and stylish.” The thobe has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Iconic Palestinian robe fashions a new political symbol

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 photo, Samiha Jeheshat, displays a handmade embroidered Palestinian thobe at her showroom in the West Bank village of Idna, north of Hebron. The thobe is gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring women around the world to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019 file photo, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., center left, wears a Palestinian thobe as Democratic members of the House of Representatives take their oath on the opening day of the 116th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington. Tlaib proudly wore her thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring women around the world to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this April 29, 2007 file photo, a Palestinian woman wearing a Palestinian dress with traditional embroidery performs a folk dance known as Debka, during a folk festival in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, designer Natalie Tahhan works in her studio in east Jerusalem. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Tahhan produces capes from digital prints that replicate traditional embroidery stitches, “connecting tradition with what is new and stylish.” (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018 file photo, a Palestinian woman wearing a traditional thobe, carries a Palestinian flag during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. Rashida Tlaib proudly wore her thobe to her historic swearing-in as the first Palestinian American member of Congress, inspiring women around the world to tweet photos of themselves in their ancestral robes. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2011 file photo, a woman views traditional Palestinian thobes during the exhibition "Women in Orient" at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France. The thobe, a brightly embroidered robe for women, has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer symbol of Palestinian nationalism, competing with the classic keffiyeh. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, designer Natalie Tahhan works on a modern version of the traditional Palestinian thobe in her studio in east Jerusalem. Tahhan, a designer based in east Jerusalem, produces capes from digital prints that replicate traditional embroidery stitches, “connecting tradition with what is new and stylish.” The thobe has long been a staple of Palestinian life, sewn by village women and worn at weddings and parties. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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