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Contemporary Holy Family Sculpture (Bethlehem)
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This hand carved nativity was made in Bethlehem from olive wood. Artisans in the West Bank are paid a fair wage for their work and produce beautiful work. This carving depicts a contemporary Mary holding baby Jesus with Joseph standing next to them. Measuring 2.5 inches at the base by 7.75 inches tall.
Holy Land Handicraft cooperative society founded in 1981 has faced a decline in the handicrafts industry for Palestinian artisans living in the West Bank and sought out a strategy for other opportunities. The organization continues to develop an online presence to expand the international market while focusing on values and principles of fair trade which include: creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers transparency and accountability promoting producer independence fair wages gender equality good working conditions and sustainable environmental practices. One of the goals is to support the traditional culture and production of handicrafts in the Holy Land that has been around for millennia. It also focuses on helping local workshops sell their products while maintaining a better standard of living.
There are currently 36 workshops averaging 5 employees producing handmade olivewood and mother-of-pearl crafts. The workshops each own an equal portion of the cooperative which is run in a democratic structure. The production and sales of these traditional handicrafts aid in fulfilling societal needs for the community while providing fair wages for their artisans.
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