Representative Rashida Tlaib took her seat in the House in a red embroidered thobe on Thursday, becoming one of the first two Muslim women to do so. The support behind her and her traditional Palestinian robe was evident, with women around the country sharing photos of their own gowns.
A thobe, a long, hand-embroidered robe, is a meaningful garment for Palestinian women, as it tends to represent their native city. Following the hashtag #TweetYourThobe leads to a full timeline of vibrant thobes, accompanied by messages of pride.
Thanks @SusanDarraj for suggesting the #TweetYourThobe tweet storm to celebrate Palestinian culture with @RashidaTlaib at her swearing into congress. With @katrinaschlekat. pic.twitter.com/04b07uoin1— Tamar (@TamarSchlekat) January 3, 2019
ثوبنا الفلسطيني هو قطعة قماش موثق فيها تاريخ شعبنا من آلاف السنين.
وب منطقة بين دجن- يافا ، من مجموعة جمعية الحنونة للثقافة الشعبية.#tweetyourthobe pic.twitter.com/jUWvt2H9fo— Alma Irshaid, ANutr (@Almabits) January 3, 2019
In honor of @RashidaTlaib being sworn in to congress today, I wear my #thob We are not less than, we are simply human. Congratulations congresswoman ???? #TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/fKCJjKsvIQ— Z (@Zayna317) January 3, 2019
#ThobebackThursday to when I graduated with my MA, in honor of @RashidaTlaib being sworn in today #TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/wJViIe8Vmz— Hanna Alshaikh (@yalawiya) January 3, 2019
Like so many other Palestinians, my childhood memories include those of my mom, grandma, aunts, and family friends who would sit together to tell stories as they worked on their latest thawb. Proud of you, @RashidaTlaib #TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/Il2QcVHGbN— Badi3a (@_Badi3a_) January 3, 2019
Today congresswoman @RashidaTlaib will be sworn in wearing a traditional Palestinian thobe. I am proud to share a photo of myself and my sister-in-law wearing our Palestinian thobes! #TweetYourThobe ??? pic.twitter.com/L3JoYzsPlY— Linda Karakra Qoran (@Linda_Qoran) January 3, 2019
Precious moment between Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib and a young Palestinian-American. #TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/0dxyNR5OBl— Ruba Odeh (@ruba_odeh1) January 3, 2019
Tlaib will take her oath on the Koran, Islam’s holiest book. And not just any Koran — it’s a 1734 English translation that belonged to Thomas Jefferson.