Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans proudly supports artisans who work in natural and traditional materials, especially the wood of the native olive tree, an essential part of the living heritage of the ancient land of the Holy Land of Palestine. Our olive wood products use trimmings from local olive trees which are harvested each year in October & November. Trimming the tree allows for new growth on trees that are often hundreds of years old. These trimmings are then stored for drying for up to a year and are then ready for use on the many different products that our artisan producers create. We hope that you will enjoy choosing your olive wood gifts from the extensive range of goods we have.
Read on to find out more about the significance of the olive tree in Palestine and why we at BFTA treasure the wood so much.