Palestinian Olive Wood - Dove Decoration
At a time when world peace seems further away than ever, this wooden dove decoration is such an important symbol. When you add in the fact that it is hand carved from olive wood in Bethlehem then it becomes even more significant. The olive wood, which is synonymous with the region, is pruned after the annual harvest and then left to dry out before being carved. The round dove design is simple and beautiful and the texture of the olive wood makes each decoration different and unique.
Dimensions: 6 x 5.5cm
These olive wood decorations are made by independent carvers working in small workshops in Bethlehem and the surrounding West Bank villages. Although the situation in these regions can't be compared to that in Gaza, there has still been an escalation of violence and increased restrictions of movement which continue to make it difficult to work and make a living.
The carvers are members of Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans (BFTA) which is an umbrella grassroots organisation that works to develop the artisan community in the West Bank and provide a valuable link between local producers and the international marketplace. Making these olive wood products creates work for the skilled fair trade artisans who are living in one of the most challenging regions of the world. They are brought to us by Fair To Trade who, like us, are members of BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK.