Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative in Palestine

Friday, April 4, 2014
Handicrafts are a vital part of Palestinian cultural treasure. They reflect the creativity of Palestinian people and are a proof for their national identity. Various forms of arts and crafts are popular through the country.
Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society (HLHCS) was established in 1981 as a result of decreasing of the local handicraft came from the occupation and political situation that reduced the tourism and the economical situation. The idea was to build a coordination between producers who owns workshops making projects, activities facilitating the marketing of their articles inside and outside the country as olivewood, mother-of-pearl, embroidery. HLHCS is owned by 36 local producer/members. Our 36 members employ almost 1500 people and support over 900 families. We also work with many non-members in Bethlehem and Beit Jala, giving special importance to women and people with special needs . In 1991 the members decided to open a Souvenir-shop near the Shepherds' Field offering all their products + Others as Jewelry including diamond, gold and Icons, to increase our sells in the local market. the same year we became the first member of Fair trade Association in the Arab World and in 2012 HLHCS was selected to be part of the board of Cofta WFTO the Middle East. 

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