Giftec, an industry show featuring various types of gifts and housewares that achieved great success in Tel Aviv this past February, is having another show starting today (August 10) and running through Wednesday (August 12). The items in the show will include textiles, dishes, kitchenware, art, souveneirs, Judaica, and more.
This time, however, Giftec will be hosting Artesana: Authentic Handicrafts – a display of 16 Palestinian handicrafts companies in a move that supports Israeli-Palestinian business cooperation and also encourages the promotion of local handicrafts. And as we’ve noted many times before here on Green Prophet, local is almost always greener.
Local products require less fossil fuels to transport, and handicrafts are also greener since they rely on human power instead of mechanical (and electrical) power.
Last year, in a trip organized by the Peres Center for Peace and the Palestine Trade Center (PalTrade), a delegation of 30 Palestinian businesspeople and manufacturers visited the Giftec Exhbition. While last year the delegation merely reviewed the products available at the exhibition, this year Palestinian products are represented in the exhibition.
Artesana is being supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Tel Aviv as well as the Norwegian Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority.