Artisans from West Bank
Striving for a better life in the West Bank, the men and women involved with Bethlehem Carvers skillfully find their way through political unrest and financial insecurity. Due to ongoing conflict, tourism has dwindled. This being a main source of income for artisans in the Bethlehem area, their families have suffered tremendously. Bethlehem Carvers allows them to continue this age-old tradition of carving olive wood and into intricate figurines, while marketing products abroad.
As West Bank artisan shape and mold olive wood, they know each unique items means more than money earned. Carved by their hands, each product is inspired. And for these artisans, creating their art is not just a matter of shaping a piece of olive wood, it’s a powerful testimony of hope delivered from one generation to another for more than 2,000 years.