Camels laden with olive wood, c.1898-1914

<div>This is a digital reproduction of a black and white photographic print held in the Library of Congress.</div><div><br></div>Olive wood carving is an ancient tradition in Palestine that continues to the present day. It involves the skillful chiseling of olive wood and is most common in the Bethlehem region. The trade of olive wood ties in more broadly to the fact that the olive tree is symbolic for Palestinians; the olive tree is connected to the earth, they affirm Palestinian roots in the land.<div><br></div><div>Taken in the early 20th century, the image exists as part of a wider series produced of traditional dress and people living in the area by G. Eric Matson.</div><div><div><br></div><div><div>This image is part of the Bethlehem Crafts collection within the Library of Congress project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive. This is the first image of a small sample from the archive that will be released in full in 2018.<b><br></b></div><p></p><div><br></div><div>For more information about the archive visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/history/bethlehem/archive</div></div><div><br></div></div><br>