Beautiful book, with excellent information on the patterns, and construction of the ethnic garments covered. However, when it comes to the section on Palestinian clothing,the author makes a glaring error, as well as a surprising omission, due to lack of research.
The author clearly never "cracked" a copy of any of the four major books on the topic of Palestinian clothing, all of which were published long before her book. She is totally ignorant of the design of the Bethlehem jacket. A garment discussed at length in all four books. The author says, of an old photo, that the woman is wearing a shawl, when she is actually wearling a short-sleeved, heavily couched, Bethlehem jacket.
The photo of the Palestinian dress is very good, although the mono-chromatic embroidery, on velvet is not the typical combination in Palestine. Far more common is multi-colored embroidery (cotton or silk), on cotton.
The omission is that no mention is made of the embroidery on the back of the dress, called the shinyar, nor is the back of the dress shown. Anyone who has read the books by Shelagh Weir, Y.K. Stillman, or Abed Al-Samih is aware that the designs on the backs of these dresses are of great importance.
When research material is readily available, it is always wise to consult it before embarking on a writing project.