Author Wafa Ghnaim Announces the Launch of her E-book Which Celebrates the Artistry of Palestinian Embroidery & Storytelling

September 1, 2016

American born businesswoman, writer and artist Wafa Ghnaim announces the release her new e-book – ‘Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora’ - for preorder starting on September 1.

Brooklyn, New York.  Author Wafa Ghnaim announces that her new e-book ‘Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora’ will be available for preorder beginning on September 1, 2016 via Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7KT7GO).  The e-book will be available as a digital download in November of 2016, with a print version becoming available in 2017.  Tatreez & Tea’ is the culmination of the author’s life ambition to preserve and document the oral histories that give Palestinian embroidery meaning.  Additionally, ‘Tatreez and Tea’ – as an oral history project - seeks to convey the message that apart from being ornate and highly decorative, Palestinian embroidery is a mode of communication and documentation between generations of women in Palestine and in Diaspora. 

The book is a collaboration between Wafa, born in the United States, and her mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim who fled Palestine during the 1947-48 war and was forced into exile by Israeli troops.  The process for writing this book has been an incredible experience, from the abundant support of donors and friends, to seeing myself reach new heights in my writing and photography.” says Ghnaim.  “Palestinian embroidery exceeds the vanity of aesthetics, and symbolizes Palestinian cultural identity, heritage and the language of our maternal ancestors that have raised generations of Palestinians — in Palestine and now, in Diaspora.”    

Wafa will be making two appearances in the following months where she will conduct readings from her new e-book.  The first reading will be given at the Ledding Library Pond House in Milwaukie, Oregon (located at 2215 SE Harrison St) from September 17 – 19 and the second will be given at Brooklyn’s Public Library’s Central Library in Brooklyn, New York (located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238) from November 4 -5.

About the Author:

Wafa Ghnaim is an American born Palestinian businesswoman, writer and artist.  She and her sisters began learning Palestinian embroidery from their mother, Feryal, at the age of 4 years old.  Her parents – both of Palestinian birth – have been displaced several times finally ending up in Amman Jordan.  Throughout her life Wafa, has assisted her mother in folklore festivals lecturing, demonstrating embroidery and curating exhibits all related to Palestinian folk art, culture and history.  Wafa was been awarded a two-year apprenticeship through the Oregon Folklife Network and the University of Oregon from 1993 to 1995.  She has created or assisted in the creation of embroidery works that have adorned the Oregon State Capital.  Her mother has a degree from Damascus University in art and history and taught at the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) for 12 years.

For more information about the author and her new e-book please visit her website www.tatreezandtea.com. The book is available for preorder on Amazon for $19.99 and will be digitally downloaded in November of 2016.

Contact Information:

Author:  Wafa Ghnaim

Collaborator: Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim

Website:  www.tatreezandtea.com

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tatreezandtea/

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