Wafa Ghnaim will be presenting her digital book Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora September 17-19, 2016 at the Ledding Library Pond House in Milwaukie, Oregon. The Pond House is located at 2215 SE Harrison St. Milwaukie, OR 97222, and the event is a part of the Annual Ledding Cultural Forum offered by the library. Wafa and her sisters grew up learning the time honored folk art and tradition of embroidery from their mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim. Researching over thirty years worth of oral history interviews, recorded demonstrations, lectures, journal entries and photographs from her and her mother, Wafa documents, decodes and preserves the patterns, meanings and oral history of over a dozen traditional Palestinian embroidery designs passed on for generations between women in her family.
Thanks to the generous funding from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, Wafa and Feryal are hosting a three-part reading series sharing excerpts from the book. Each session covers a traditional Palestinian embroidery design published in the book, discussing the design history, oral history and meaning of each motif.
Come to one session, or come to all!
Session 1: The Wheat Harvest Design - September 17th 1pm-2pm
Session 2: Children’s Designs - September 18th 1pm-2pm
Session 3: The Gardens Design - September 19th 7pm-9pm
All events are free and open to the public.