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Melia Campaign Builds Womens’ Businesses

by Carol Hylkema

The Pal Craftaid Board invites you to share in its annual fund-raising campaign for one of our long time partners. This year, we are focusing our fund-raising efforts on the Melia Shop in East Jerusalem, a gathering place for women and a conduit for Palestinian embroidery to be sold around the world.

Pal Craftaid purchases much of its beautiful needlework from the Melia Shop.

Through this campaign, our gifts to the Melia Shop will help support hiring consultants to work with  needlework artisans in the development of new designs for customers in Europe, America and the Gulf States, as well the implementation of new marketing strategies.

The needlework artisans work in cooperatives around the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, and, as many as 500 women are on the shop’s artisan list. The design consultant will work with staff at the shop, as well as visit with artisans in their homes, as it is not possible under Israeli occupation for all of the women to come together.

The conditions in the Palestinian Occupied Territories continue to be dire and harsh. These needlework artisans often find themselves, unexpectedly, the primary wage earners in their families.

The gifts to this campaign will give the kind of boost needed to enhance their opportunities for new products and new markets through the Melia Shop. Won’t you join us? Thank you.

Checks can be made out to:
Pal Craftaid
and noted for the ‘Melia Shop’
Send to Virginia Priest, treasurer, at:

3520 N. 30th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

Thank you for your support!

Sum, Sum, Summertime

Atfaluna Spring Smock

Nothing Beats a Cool Summer Smock

Mix the old and the new with these beautifully designed girls’ dresses made by deaf dressmakers at Atfaluna Crafts in Gaza City.

Lovingly hand embroidered by deaf women, they are available in a range of colors and sizes.

The design concept integrates a Palestinian traditional embroidery pattern into a fashionable girls’ dress. White traditionally expresses the brightness of the spring and summer seasons. The vivid embroidery is available in pink, orange, red and baby blue.

These dresses make wonderful gifts, combining tradition with tasteful fashion for girls. Now available online, Item #1350

Or, Sunny Colors to Match the Season

Whatever summertime brings, Pal Craftaid offers stylish choices. Check out the hot summer colors on purses and scarves to brighten up any outfit you wear, casual or dress. Take a look at the our lists to meet your need for every occasion — for yourself, for a birthday gift or a one-of-a-kind graduation present.

Black floral shoulder tote (Item #1229)

Black floral shoulder tote (Item #1229)

A Bluesy Gauze Scarf (Item #1064)

A Bluesy Gauze Scarf (Item #1064)

Brown Floral Purse (Item #1229 - Brown)

Brown Floral Purse (Item #1229 – Brown)

Pal Craftaid is a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians.

Pal Craftaid supports families, schools, elderly groups and community cooperatives in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.