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Widad Kawar receives Dutch award
Feb 04,2013 - Last updated at Feb 04,2013
AMMAN — Dutch Ambassador to Jordan Piet de Klerk on Sunday presented the Prince Claus award to Jordanian researcher Widad Kawar.
The award recognised 11 individuals from across the globe for their positive impact on the cultural development of their societies.
Kawar was honoured for her lifelong research, documentation and preservation of cultural heritage of Arab dresses and for her efforts to restore the traditional art of embroidery in Jordan.
The award ceremony was held at her newly opened gallery, showcasing some 2,000 traditional dresses.
When Palestinian Maha Saca found out that an exhibition would be held in Amman showcasing the traditional dresses of her hometown, Bethlehem, through the ages, she realised she had to come to Jordan.
Participants in a regional conference that started on Tuesday emphasised the importance of strengthening the sense of citizenship to root out corruption.
When conflict began to flare up in Palestine, Widad Kawar felt the need to safeguard the country’s heritage in any way she could.
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