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Embroidery Lecture, Book Signing and Exhibit

  • Palestine Museum US 1734 Litchfield Turnpike Woodbridge, CT, 06525 United States (map)

If you are participating in either of the workshops, you are already on the roaster for this event!

Palestinian tatreez embroidery is a centuries-old folk art, traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. In Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, Wafa Ghnaim brings traditional Palestinian embroidery to life by resuscitating its roots as a powerful, provocative, and profound storytelling tool used by Palestinian women for hundreds of years to document their stories, observations, and experiences -- including those by her mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim. With dozens of design patterns; six complete sets of thobe patterns; tea, coffee and quince recipes; detailed traditional Palestinian embroidery techniques and rare northern Palestinian Arabic craft terminology -- each design history and meaning is documented and preserved. Tatreez & Tea is far more than a book about traditional Palestinian embroidery -- it's a resurrection of tatreez as a source of identity, one that guided Wafa as she created a home in the Palestinian diaspora.