(11.04-11.05.2016) New York: Brooklyn Central Library Reading Series


Wafa Ghnaim will be presenting her digital book Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora November 4-5, 2016 at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library in Brooklyn, New York. The library is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238, and the event is a part of the programming provided by the Shelby White and Leon Information Commons. 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 Brooklyn Arts Council, Wafa and Feryal are hosting a two-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: Designs of the Animal Kingdom - November 4th 1pm-3pm
  • Session 2: Children’s Designs - November 5th 1pm-3pm

We look forward to seeing you there! If you'd like to learn more about the event, please follow and RSVP on Facebook.

All events are free and open to the public.