We are excited to announce expansion of the Tatreez & Tea Embroidery Workshop Series, funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council! Funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council allows me to teach workshops at a subsidized low cost to anyone interested in learning the craft.
We’ve expanded the dates to add one more (potentially two) for December 16, 2017 at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, 1000 Dean St #307, Brooklyn, New York 11238.
The workshop will be hosted by Wafa Ghnaim, and will focus on preservation of the indigenous, endangered art of Palestinian embroidery. Both workshop sessions are centered around her new digital book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, which attempts to preserve the craft of embroidery as well as the art of storytelling that is encapsulated in each traditional Palestinian motif. To learn more about the book project, please visit http://www.tatreezandtea.com.
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.
Wafa Ghnaim will be providing a hands-on tutorial to participants on how to embroider using traditional Palestinian techniques. Participants in this session will learn the basics of starting a small embroidery project. Materials, patterns and guidance will be provided.
No one is assumed to have experience in embroidery! Please feel that this is a safe space to learn tatreez, and be in good company.
Adult Tatreez Embroidery Workshop (14+ years old)
Participants will learn how to embroidery a traditional Palestinian embroidery motif, using the cross-stitch technique, to create a small wall-hanging to frame. All materials will be provided and registration is required. Space is limited.
Sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council. Because of the level of preparation required for the event, the registration fee is refundable 30 days prior to the event.