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Middle East Museum showcases traditional Arab dresses, and stories of female creators

The founder of a new museum in Amman wants to keep the intricate dress patterns alive. Her other goal is to reintroduce Jordanians and Palestinians to their material heritage.

Jane Arraf/Staff

Growing up on the West Bank of the Jordan River in the 1940s, Widad Kawar would pass by Palestinian women sitting on balconies and under trees embroidering the intricate panels of traditional dresses.

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