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Palestinian Tatreez Embroidery: Tea Towel with Waste Canvas

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Brooklyn Community Foundation

1000 Dean Street

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Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Instructor: Wafa Ghnaim

In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn how to embroider, Palestinian style! Students will learn the most traditional embroidery technique used by Palestinian women for centuries -- use of the waste canvas fabric. This fabric allows you to adorn any piece of cloth or clothing, and is an important skill to master if you aspire to create traditional Palestinian embroidered garments.

Students will embroider on a white towelwith a traditional Palestinian embroidery motif, learning image transferring techniques, and how to strategically place embroidery on a piece of cloth.

Motif Focus: There are hundreds of small and medium Tree of Life or Cypress Tree motifs in traditional Palestinian costume. Wafa will be offering a Tree of Life Pattern card that includes medium sized motifs to properly fill up the space on the towel.

No experience required. All materials are provided -- but, bring your own tweezers if you have a certain set that you are most comfortable using!




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

Palestinian tatreez embroidery is a centuries-old folk art, traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea.

Tatreez & Tea’s mission is to provide educational resources, namely through workshops, lectures and publications, to preserve Palestinian tatreez embroidery, folk arts and storytelling traditions in the diaspora.

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 www.tatreezandtea.com. Donations are 100% tax-deductible through the Brooklyn Arts Council.





Please note that minimum attendance of 10 participants must be reached by June 25, otherwise this class may be postponed until full attendance is reached. Wafa will contact you immediately if rescheduling needs to occur. Please contact Wafa Ghnaim at wafa@tatreezandtea.com if you have any questions.



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