A bar of soap originating in the Palestinian town of Nablus
Where and how is it used?
on the body, to wash
What did you or someone else pay for it?
A present from my wife
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
The olive tree is both an important socio-political symbol and vital material resource forming the foundation of the local economy in cities such as Nablus. It has been one of the foremost material/symbolic ‘things’ to have undergone cultural and physical decimation by the Israeli occupation. It is crucial for the Palestinian people to maintain their culture through the commodities they produce, resisting assimilation and preserving their socio-economic heritage. Read my full essay on the socio-political life of soap here > https://www.academia.edu/21039031/The_Socio-Political_Life_of_Soap
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
Nablus Soap company
Who was paid to make it?
Nablus Soap company, Sindyanna of Galilee
What skills does it take to make it?
Soap making skills
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
What is it made from?
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Nablus Soap company,
Who or what assesses its quality?
Nablus Soap company
Where is it sold?
online and in independent resellers and not for profit organisations (e.g. Bristol Palestine Museum)
Who or what sells it?
Nablus Soap company, Sindyanna of Galilee (a female-led, fair-trade NGO) and Zaytoun (London based social enterprise)
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
By post from Amnesty International gift catalogue
Where is it used?
on the body
Where is it kept?
in the bathroom
How and by whom is it cared for?
How long will it last?
a month maybe two ...
Where will it go when it's finished with?
down the plughole
What is it worth?
by what measurement?
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