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OVERVIEW

NATIONAL TRADITIONS

AROUND JORDAN


 

Jordan’s history and heritage speak through its crafts and textiles. Every city in the kingdom expresses its culture and identity through the richness of the jewellery, textiles, mosaics, olive oil and salts that it contains and produces.
The Jordanian costume is characterized by its elegance, originality, and practicality and is known for its vast diversity, despite Jordan's relatively small geographical area.

 

Women and men’s clothing both contain and reflect the drama of Jordanians social lives and contain clues to the socio-cultural and economic situations by representing visual statements about identity, age, status and wealth in each city.

 

From the earliest periods of history, silver and gold jewelry have been a traditional part of woman’s ornaments in the Arab world. The Jordanian traditional jewelry includes earrings, bracelets, pendants and rings from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods. Many of the pieces are decorated with symbolic, geometric and arabesque patterns and with precious or semi-precious stones like agate, carnelian, pearls, crystal and amethyst, as well as a collection of beads and bead necklaces dating back to the Phoenician, Venetian, Islamic and Bedouin periods.