National Geographic : 1926 Sep
Photographs by Maynard Owen'Williams A BRIDE OF PALESTINE At wedding time the dark-blue workaday dress gives way to a heavy white linen, embroidered in green, red, and orange. The rows of gold and silver coins sewn to the caplike part of the headgear in front denote her married state and must not be removed except in dire necessity. Her capacious veil, which covers all of the headdress save the coins, may be taken off at home but not in public. A DRUSE WOMAN OF GOOD FAMILY The scene is a corner of thethird largest olive grove inthe world, which lies in the plain south ofBeirut, below the Druse village ofShu weifat. The Druses, among other fine qualities, have agreat reverence for women. The hammock cribhung tothe tree isaSyrian substitute for the wooden cradle which thePalestinian woman carries tothe fields with her when she goes to work.