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Palestinian Embroidery


Tatreez: Intricate expressions of the Palestinian experience

Showcase: The journey of Palestinian embroidery

Published on Jun 2, 2016

“The relationship of people with their heritage is at the heart of the first satellite exhibition from the newly opened Palestine Museum.
It’s called: ”At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery”. And it akes an intimate look at how the needle and thread played a role in the preservation of Palestinian identity.”


Palestinian Embroidery under Occupation

Uploaded on Jul 9, 2007

Palestinian embroidery is a hidden form of resistance to Israeli attempts at economic, social and political subjugation. Women’s embroidery is one of few means of economic independence, neither dependent on Israeli contractors or its market. Embroidery is also a powerful means of expressing identity and making a connection with the Palestinian past prior to expulsion.


Origins of Traditional Palestinian Garb

Published on May 8, 2013

Hanan K. Munayyer discusses the origins of traditional Palestinian dress and embroidery.

For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feat….


Preserving the Historical Record: Embroidery Traditions of Palestinian Women

Published on Mar 21, 2013

In this episode of Palestine Studies TV, host Omar Baddar sits down with Palestinian folk artist and teacher Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim to discuss Palestinian embroidery. Abbasi-Ghnaim captures the importance of embroidery as a form of communication between Palestinian women. She describes the use of Palestinian embroidery when documenting history, personal experiences and making political statements in times of war and peace.

Palestine Studies TV is a project of the Institute for Palestine Studies.


The Palestinian embroidery-فن التطريز الفلسطيني

Uploaded on Jan 6, 2012

The Palestinian embroidery
The embroidery with which Palestinian women have traditionally decorated their dresses is one of the most characteristic elements of Palestinian material culture
The embroidered dresses of the Palestinian women are very much like Persian carpets. They are not only unusually beautiful. They also tell stories.” In the Negev, unmarried Bedouin girls and widows wear dresses with blue embroidery. Once a widow remarries, red or pink embroidery is added
Assembling information on the motifs was not easy. The names of motifs change from area to area, and often from one generation to another. “What is a Moon in Ramallah is a Star in Hebron. What is an Orange Branch to a grandmother is a Rose Branch to the Palestinian folkloric song “traditional dress


Palestinian folkloric song “traditional dress رنه سويره”اثواب فلسطينيه

Uploaded on Nov 5, 2011

اغاني من التراث الفلسطيني
رنه سويره-فرقه الفنون الشعبيه الفلسطينيه وصور لاثواب من مناطق مختلفه في فلسطين
من انتاج صفحه اغاني وصور من فلسطين


The Art of Preserving Palestinian Culture: An Interview with Najat El-Taji El-Khairy

Uploaded on Jul 15, 2011

http://SupremeMasterTV.com • AJAR1027; Aired on 7 Jul 2009(in Arabic and English)
Explore the art of Palestinian embroidery and textile design with porcelain painter Najat El-Taji El-Khairy. She paints her heritage on porcelain, in order to preserve the Palestinian dresses. She puts the patterns on porcelain, on another medium, so that it doesn’t perish while fabric does. Najat preserves the beautiful Palestinian culture through her brilliant artistry and fostering greater understanding between all of God’s children.
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Threads of Identity: Preserving Palestinian Costume and Heritage

Uploaded on Aug 29, 2010

Book Trailer

Threads of Identity: Preserving Palestinian Costume and Heritage

by Widad Kamel Kawar

This book is a record of the 50 years Widad Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the heritage of Palestine. This endeavor evolved into the Widad Kawar Collection, the largest to date of Palestinian, Jordanian and other Arab traditional dress and accessories, comprising more than 3,000 items.

In the following chapters she presents the story of how the collection evolved and she introduces the life stories of the women who produced the beautiful costumes it contains. For her, each item calls to mind an individual or a place: a wife, a mother, a daughter, a family, a house, a village, a town, a field, a market. Each item was worn on special occasions, happy and sad, that marked the owner’s life. Much of Widad’s knowledge stems from the personal narratives of these women whose embroidery and dress-making skills she so admires. With this book she pays homage to Palestinian women.

To order your copy, visit us at www.RimalBooks.com

Music is by Rim Banna, a wonderful Palestinian singer, lyricist and composer. You can visit her website www.rimbanna.com.


The Splendor of Palestinian Costumes and Embroidery P1/2

Uploaded on Jun 18, 2009

http://SupremeMasterTV.com The Splendor of Palestinian Costumes and Embroidery P1/2 (In Arabic). Episode: 957, Air Date: 28 April 2009.


The Splendor of Palestinian Costumes and Embroidery P2/2

Uploaded on Jun 20, 2009

http://SupremeMasterTV.com The Splendor of Palestinian Costumes and Embroidery – P2/2 (In Arabic). Episode: 964, Air Date: 5 May 2009.


Husniyeh Kouttainay: Palestinian Needlework

Uploaded on Jun 11, 2009

Husniyeh Kouttainay, a Palestinian from Seattle, has a commitment to teaching people about Arab culture and the Middle East. One of the ways she gets people to better understand and appreciate Arab culture is by exhibiting and demonstrating her exquisite Palestinian needlework at such festivals and events as the Northwest Folklife Festival. In a Seattle Times interview Husniyeh said, “If you want to put some seeds of love between countries, then in schools you need to study the history and geography of all nations.” She and her husband have been actively educating and promoting cross-cultural understanding through membership in many Puget Sound organizations, including the Palestinian Heritage Group and the Arab Center of Washington. Kouttainay practices al-tatreez, an elaborate form of traditional embroidery indigenous to Palestine. Palestinian embroidery, or al-Tatreez, is an integral part of the Palestinian geographical and cultural landscape. Al-Tatreez has long-standing importance in the regions around Palestine. Different design elements, and color combinations of the cloth and thread can represent such identity markers as family origin, geographic origin, and status of the person owning or wearing the embroidery.

Her work may be seen at the Washington State History Museum’s Exhibit “With Our Hands” http://www.washingtonhistory.org/wshm…

Video by Anders and Jens Lund

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