WEFOUNDTextiles and Costume Design (Classic Reprint)


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Palestinian costumes are the traditional clothing worn by Palestinians . Foreign travelers to Palestine in the 19th and early 20th centuries often commented on the rich variety of the costumes worn, particularly by the fellaheen or village women. Many of the handcrafted garments were richly embroidered and the creation and maintenance of these items played a significant role in the lives of the region's women.

Though experts in the field trace the origins of Palestinian costumes to ancient times, there are no surviving clothing artifacts from this early period against which the modern items might be definitively compared. Influences from the various empires to have ruled Palestine, such as Ancient Egypt , Ancient Rome and the Byzantine empire , among others, have been documented by scholars largely based on the depictions in art and descriptions in literature of costumes produced during these times.

Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman's economic and marital status and her town or district of origin, with knowledgeable observers discerning this information from the fabric , colours, cut , and embroidery motifs (or lack thereof) used in the apparel. [1]

What ties these three areas together is the design and manipulation of fabric, from textile designers who create and enhance fabrics, to fashion and costume designers who manipulate them into garments. 

After a month in the pathway, students specialise in either textiles, fashion or costume. To enable students to make an informed decision, the initial projects are diagnostic, encouraging exploration of colour, pattern, form and structure, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches. Life drawing and colour theory are both embedded within this period. 

Throughout the year teaching takes the form of tutorials in students’ studio spaces, group critiques and a range of practical workshops. Students are encouraged to approach their projects from a problem-solving perspective, whether that be an aesthetic, conceptual or technical problem. Teaching is designed to develop students’ ability to gather wide-ranging research, to develop it through a drawing and making, and refine it into varied and interesting outcomes. Students are challenged to consider the context of their work, to explore handcraft processes alongside digital methods, commercial and industrial design alongside bespoke, craft-led approaches. 

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Palestinian costumes are the traditional clothing worn by Palestinians . Foreign travelers to Palestine in the 19th and early 20th centuries often commented on the rich variety of the costumes worn, particularly by the fellaheen or village women. Many of the handcrafted garments were richly embroidered and the creation and maintenance of these items played a significant role in the lives of the region's women.

Though experts in the field trace the origins of Palestinian costumes to ancient times, there are no surviving clothing artifacts from this early period against which the modern items might be definitively compared. Influences from the various empires to have ruled Palestine, such as Ancient Egypt , Ancient Rome and the Byzantine empire , among others, have been documented by scholars largely based on the depictions in art and descriptions in literature of costumes produced during these times.

Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman's economic and marital status and her town or district of origin, with knowledgeable observers discerning this information from the fabric , colours, cut , and embroidery motifs (or lack thereof) used in the apparel. [1]


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