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Fashion Week sweeps into West Bank

Ramallah - The West Bank city of Ramallah is not internationally known for fashion, but organisers hope that its Palestinian Fashion Week will draw more attention to local designers.

The three-day show, which ended on Saturday, saw models prowl the catwalk in the only major fashion show in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian models get ready in the backstage on the first day of the Palestinian Fashion Week.A Palestinian model displays an outfit on the first day of the Palestinian Fashion Week.Palestinian models display outfits on the first day of the Palestinian Fashion Week.A Palestinian model gets ready in the backstage on the first day of the Palestinian Fashion Week.A Palestinian model displays an outfit on the first day of the Palestinian Fashion Week.

Their outfits included both short dresses and conservative frocks with headscarves.

The collections showed a blend of traditional Palestinian embroidery and modern designs.

A creation by Jordanian-Palestinian designer Intisar Abdo mixed Arabic calligraphy on chiffon for a stunning evening dress. Designer Fayzeh Pearl showed off more traditional designs, including beaded wedding dresses and colourful formal attire.

Tamer Halabi, an organiser of the event, said the show in part shows that “we Palestinians exist.”

“We are surviving, we have talents, we have designers, and we can compete with world fashion houses,” Halabi said.

Here's a series of Associated Press images from the fashion show in Ramallah. - Sapa-AP

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