Olive Wood Oasis
Made by Palestinian Artisans
Do you want a piece of Palestine in your hand?
Palestinian traditional olive wood prayer beads with 33, or 99, or 999, or custom made beads handmade in Palestine
In 2021/2022 we launched this initiative in order to support local Palestinian farmers and families who harvest and trim olive trees and take care of the land, as well as artisans and workshops who produce olive wood handicraft. Moreover, we support the planting of new olive trees in Palestine in cooperation with our sister initiative “To Be There” which was founded in 2013.
The Olive Tree
The olive tree is deeply rooted in Palestinian culture and symbolizes Palestinian resilience and belonging to their land. The light of the olive oil lamp is a symbol of God who is the light of the world; the olive tree is considered the blessed tree and its branches are a symbol of peace. Throughout generations, Palestinians have used almost every aspect of that tree: from olives to olive oil, to the invention of olive oil soap, and to olive wood handicraft. Not a drop or branch of the tree is wasted, and so many Palestinian families live off its blessings.
Palestinian Olive Wood Handicraft
Handcrafted olive wood pieces are of rich Palestinian heritage and are made from local olive trees that are hundreds of years old. Olive trees are not cut for their wood, instead off-cuts from the annual pruning and trimming are used to produce the handicrafts. The olive wood is known for its distinctive quality, durability and is naturally antimicrobial. It is particularly resistant to scratches and heat. This distinctive and strong wood is characterized by its beautiful grain and natural shape. Each olive wood piece is therefore unique and has its own print.
The prayer beads combine the religious sacredness of the olive tree and a celebratory dimension of the Palestinian culture in the form of traditional folk dance (dabke). During the dance, the lead dancer will always twirl a string of prayer beads in one hand. In addition, prayer beads are often used for meditation, stress release and as lucky charms.
We believe in fair trade which is based on the simple idea that the products bought and sold are connected to the livelihoods of others. We are committed to responsible, sustainable, fair, and community-based production and trade.
We sell wholesale directly from Palestine. Our prayer beads are individually packed and ready for re-sale. We are looking for dedicated and involved partners to help us spread this product. Thus, we hope to create a complete circle of sustainable solidarity rather than charity. We embody a fair value chain starting from the grove, through the grain to production, purchase, and use, and the planting of new olive trees.
Every prayer bead has its own story to tell, kindly help us spread those stories. In case you have any question or comment please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The crafting process
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