Women across America and internationally have been sharing photos of their beautiful, traditional Palestinian dresses, to celebrate the swearing in to Congress of Rashida Tlaib. Tlaib, who with Ilhan Omar is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress.
The hand-embroidery (‘tatreez’) on the gowns typically represents the area the wearer comes from, and is rich with other symbolism, too. The cypress trees around the waist of Tlaib’s dress signify resilience, and are often incorporated into celebratory garments. Ms. Tlaib explained:“Throughout my career in public service, the residents I have had the privilege of fighting for have embraced who I am, especially my Palestinian roots,” she wrote. “This is what I want to bring to the United States Congress, an unapologetic display of the fabric of the people in this country.”