Majdalawi Weaving

Who makes this craft:

Atfaluna Crafts










Originating from the Palestinian village of al-Majdal Asqalan (today the Israeli city Ashkelon), Majdalawi fabric is woven on single treadle looms.  The original weave used black and indigo cotton threads accented by bands of turquoise and fuchsia silk threads symbolizing heaven and hell.  Today, the 100% cotton fabric is woven at Gaza-based Atfaluna Crafts, and at the Arts and Crafts Village in Gaza City as part of a cultural preservation project.