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Wandering through the Siwan marketplace, passing cartons filled with dates freshly picked from the towering palm trees, olives well-preserved for months, and handmade scarves full of colorful embroidered symbols made by the Siwan women within their homes, makes the curious traveler stop to find out more. Mesmerized by the seemingly elusive symbols, the traveler inquires about the symbols’ meanings, yet only a few shopkeepers are able to decipher its context.  In fact, the colors and symbols, unquestionably unique and striking to…