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Palestinian Embroidery 101: Tree of Life on Aida Cloth

Palestinian Embroidery 101: Tree of Life on Aida Cloth

Date(s) - 01/27/2018
12:00 am

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Contact Person:
Wafa Ghnaim



Instructor: Wafa Ghnaim

In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn how to embroider, Palestinian style! You’ll learn traditional embroidery stitches, image transferring techniques, and how to develop your own style.

Motif Focus: Tree of Life

Students will leave with an embroidered design mounted in an embroidery hoop to commemerate their first piece.

All materials are provided. No prior needlework experience required.

The Tatreez & Tea Workshops are a series of high quality hands-on classes, at low cost and low commitment. Materials, skills and fun supplied.

The workshop will focus on preservation of the indigenous, endangered art of Palestinian embroidery. The workshop is centered on Wafa’s digital book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, which preserves the craft of embroidery as well as the art of storytelling that is encapsulated in each traditional Palestinian motif.

For generations, Palestinian women have gathered together with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Over time, and after the exodus of Palestinians from Palestine in 1948, embroidery has become an endangered art that has been subjected to decades of cultural appropriation. But embroidery represents more than just a village craft of old Palestine — it became the primary form of communication for Palestinian women who used needlework as a way to express their opinions, share their stories, and document their protest of occupation, war and violence.

To learn more about the project, please visit Donations are 100% tax-deductible through the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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