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Palestinian Embroidery 301: Embroidered Keffiyeh (12 hrs/3 wks)

Palestinian Embroidery 301: Embroidered Keffiyeh (12 hrs/3 wks)

Date(s) - 03/03/2018 - 03/17/2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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$26.78-$250 USD
Contact Person:
Wafa Ghnaim


Tatreez and Tea


March 3 (10-4pm)

March 10 (11-3pm)

March 17 (11-3pm)

Instructor: Wafa Ghnaim

Prerequisite: Introduction to Palestinian Tatreez Embroidery

In this 12-hour class, students will produce their own Palestinian tatreez embroidered keffiyeh. Students will learn how to plan a garment project, measure their design to fit specific spaces and customize the national symbol of Palestinian identity: the Keffiyeh. Students will walk away with a finished project.

A selection of motifs will be offered in January, so that students can select one that fits the specific space on the keffiyeh, and the meaning that the student aspires to convey.

If you do not have a keffiyeh you would like to use in this workshop, I will place an order for Original Hirbawi ® Black and White keffiyeh’s Made in Palestine. They cost 22.95 Euro, or $26.78 USD.

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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