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Ceramics of Palestine Exhibition

Ceramics of Palestine exhibition is organized by the Embassy of the State of Palestine to the Republic of Belarus. It features traditional ceramic products from Hebron – Palestinian pottery center.

Palestine is famous for its ceramics. Even though the territory of the country is rather small it has the great number of pottery workshops. The so-called Jerusalem ceramics from Hebron is a well-known pottery school. Hebron is one of the oldest cities in the world which is considered to be the second holiest city after Jerusalem for Jews, Christians and Muslims. At the beginning of the 20th century, during the restoration of the Dome of the Rock mosque, it was necessary to change ceramic tiles. With this purpose a family of craftsmen was invited to Jerusalem from Turkey. While working on the project the masters managed to organize the business of their own in Palestine, which is successful even today. Palestinian pottery represents the diversity of styles. Bowls, plates, dishes, goblets, jugs and candlesticks are characterized by perfect forms and bright multicolored painting.

The pottery follows ancient traditions endowing an artist with a leading part. They use both old methods and new trends in ceramic production.

The exhibition also features weaving and embroidery works .

The exhibition is dedicated to the Palestinian Culture Day. On March 13th Palestinians celebrate the Day of Palestinian Culture, and it coincides with the birthday of Mahmoud Darwish, the father of national culture, the poet of both Palestinians and the whole mankind.