Soap

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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 farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

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?

Nablus, Palestine

What does it cost to make it?

?

What is it made from?

1. olives:
2. :

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?

Myself!

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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