TWO NEIGHBORS: PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI SEAMSTRESSES BROUGHT TOGETHER BY FASHION BRAND IN BID FOR PEACE

Seamstresses and embroiders at Two Neighbours meet bi-annually / Two Neighbors

The clothing brand is trying to unite Palestinians and Israelis against the odds

In a region as fraught with political tensions as Israel, something as basic as a thread tied to a needle can make a difference to a person’s life. At least that is theory of Adeem Amro and Segal Kirsch: the co-founders of the Two Neighbors fashion initiative.

Two Neighbors specialises in modern, minimalist clothing embellished with embroidery. The womenswear pieces are stitched by Israeli seamstresses who learned their trade in the former Soviet Union and have been sewing since the age of 13. And each garment features embroidery by the members of a Palestinian women’s collective in the south Hebron Hills. Almost 50 women are currently working with the brand.

Two Neighbors is the brainchild of a suitably eclectic pair. Amro, the Palestinian Manager lives in East Jerusalem and grew up in Jordan and Hebron, while the Israeli Manager, Kirsch, lives in Modiin, was born in Jerusalem and spent her childhood in southern Israel.

“We believe creativity and fashion are an international language,” says Kirch. “They can be a bridge between cultures and a means to spread a vision of common human values and peace.”

MORE:    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/two-neigbors-palestinian-israel-seamstresses-fashion-brand-peace-embroiderers-a7658676.html

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