St. Katherine Bedouin Top-Loading Backpacks
These are exquisitely sewn, hand-embroidered and beaded using traditional Bedouin designs. They were made within sight of St. Catherine's Monastery in the town of St. Katherine, Sinai, Egypt.
The Jebeliya Tribe is a historically peaceful tribe that has maintained a symbiotic relationship with St. Catherine's Monastery for 1400 years. St. Justinian the Great originally brought 200 Roman soldiers, along with their families, to serve as protectors for the newly built fortress monastery. These families then intermarried with local tribesmen and formed the Jebeliya Tribe of today. Despite having since been forcefully converted to Islam, they continue to remain faithful protectors of the monastery.
There is only one backpack for each design.