The Middle Eastern countries are unequivocally the most influential origins of art in the chronicles of world history. From Syrian textiles to Moroccan patterned tiles, from Turkish architectural marvels to Palestinian vibrant arts, their legacies are unparalleled and unmatched. However, the influence of Palestine transcends beyond the realm of the arts and creative expression.
During the 2023 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, thousands have demonstrated their support for the country by waving the red, black, white, and green stripes at every match. This remarkable display serves as a testament to their unwavering strength and enduring spirit.
And with the genocide that is currently taking place in Gaza—killing over thousands of people—it is imperative that we show unwavering support for the Palestinian people. In a powerful display of solidarity, numerous brands originating from the Holy Land have created stunning products that celebrate Palestinian culture and identity.
These exceptional fashion brands are locally grown and dedicated to empowering Palestinian communities, as well as standing with the people of Palestine for a noble cause. Here are just a few of the standout brands that are making a difference.
1. Zaid Farouki
Zaid Farouki’s designs embody the authentic Palestinian identity with utmost confidence. His rich heritage serves as a vital source of inspiration for the motifs and themes that he incorporates into his artworks. His distinctive trademarks are evident in his skillful use of symbolism, colours, patterns, and inclusion of features that evoke the struggles and narratives of the Palestinian people. Zaid Farouki’s designs not only pay homage to traditional embroidery techniques but also embrace contemporary elements.
Shop Zaid Farouki here.
2. Reema Dahbour
Reema Dahbour fearlessly established her own fashion empire in 2014. Her exquisite brand has become a coveted choice among the elite Arab women. Whether gracing the red carpet or being showcased in local television productions, her couture has become familiar among the Middle Eastern populace. Her designs epitomise exceptional quality and sophistication, seamlessly blending the traditional Palestinian cross-stitch technique with contemporary elements.
Shop Reema Dahbour here.
3. Reemami Official
Inspired by her time growing up in the UAE, Reemami Al Bana decided to establish her own fashion brand. Her aim was to cater to the market for contemporary women’s clothing that seamlessly fused western and eastern styles. Reema’s expertise lies in the creation of Palestinian traditional silhouettes, fabrics, and cuts, with a touch of both timeless and current pieces. Reemami is also committed to promoting local communities and businesses by engaging local artisans and vendors.
Shop Reemami Official here.
4. Meera Adnan Label
Palestinian born Meera Adnan takes great pride in her work, which is inspired by her unwavering affection for vintage Middle Eastern fashion and the city of Gaza. Her artistry is centred on the retrieval of narrative and influence from her religious, political, and local allusions. Her objective is to produce a product that establishes a connection with the wearer through a romantic and nostalgic monologue.
Shop Meera Adnan Label here.
5. nol collective
Created and founded in Palestine. nol collective is a brainchild of Palestinian feminist, Yasmeen Mall. The brand’s clothing line is deeply rooted in Palestinian culture, textiles, and garments, with a primary objective of preserving the livelihoods of local artisans.They also partner with different local women’s cooperatives and family run sewing to keep the production hyper-local.
Shop nol collective here.
ANAT is a slow fashion streetwear brand originating from the city of Gaza. The primary objective of the brand is to design gender-neutral, enjoyable, and comfortable everyday wear. By employing predominantly hand-cut techniques, ANAT pays homage to Palestinian embroidery by showcasing impeccable stitching and captivating narratives.
Shop ANAT here.
7. Darzah Designs
Darzah Designs represents more than a mere fashion brand. Its inception was driven by the noble objective of supporting local artisans, with a significant portion of 80% of each purchase being allocated towards providing 17,000 hours of work for these skilled workers. The brand is deeply entrenched in Palestinian culture and takes pride in empowering talented Palestinian women. Its product line is centred around homewares, including aprons, cushion covers, scrunchies, and handbags.
Shop Darzah Designs here.
Featured image by nol collective.