Olive Co-operative » Mother of Pearl Brooches http://www.olivecoop.com/stage Fair Trade Palestinian Products and Tree Sponsorship Mon, 13 May 2013 09:55:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0 Dove Brooch http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/mop-dove-brooch/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/mop-dove-brooch/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 17:21:40 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=417 Classic dove design Mother of Pearl brooch.

approx 3.5cm x 2cm

Hand crafted  by the artisans of the Holy Land Handicraft Co-operative Society, Bethlehem.

Mother of Pearl carving was introduced in Palestine by Franciscan monks in the 14th century, and has been an important source of income, including for women.

A fine example of the crafts and traditions of Palestine, these farly traded Mother of Pearl products help balance out the seasonal olive trade and so alleviate local poverty, decrease unemployment, increase incomes, decrease emigration, and sustain the Palestinian handicraft industry.

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