(4.12.2017) Portland State University Tatreez & Tea Embroidery Workshop


Wafa Ghnaim & Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim are excited to announce their partnership with Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) to host a two-part event focusing on the preservation of the indigenous, endangered art of Palestinian embroidery on April 11 & 12, 2017! Both events are centered around their 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 www.tatreezandtea.com.

Session 1: Palestinian Embroidery & Story Telling Traditions (Book Reading & Discussion) - April 11, 2017, 6:30pm Session 2: Tatreez & Tea Workshop (Registration required) - April 12, 2017, 1:30pm

Session 2: Tatreez & Tea Embroidery Workshop

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Time: 1:30pm Location: Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway 2nd floor Portland, OR 97201

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 & Feryal Abbasi-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. They will learn how to create a bookmark using the cross-stitch and a traditional Palestinian motif. Materials, patterns and guidance will be provided. No experience is required!

Space is limited. To confirm your spot, registration is required. Please register to ensure your place in the event here. Space is limited.

Hosted by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER). Because of the  level of preparation required for the event, the registration fee is non-refundable.