Although the Negev is still home to the Bedouin, many of today's Bedouin women are less inclined than yesterday's to stay home weaving. An eagle's eye and a saint's patience will guide your search through the bundles and stacks of rather ordinary stuff at the Bedouin market, where you can find goods made by elder generations. The market starts at daybreak each Thursday and lasts until early afternoon; south of the Old City, it's on the eastern side of the huge outdoor
market site near the bridge. (A goat and sheep sale takes place once in a while.) The best time to visit is 6 am, an hour or so later in winter. Walk to the back, passing coffee and tea sellers. For sale, if you can find them, are embroidered dresses, yokes, and side panels from dresses, woven camel bags, bales of wool, rugs, earrings, bracelets, amulets, and nose rings, coin headbands (used as dowry gifts), tassels, copperware, and finjans (Bedouin coffee pots).
Corner of Derech Eilat and DerechHevron Sts., Beersheva, Israel