11.4 DIALOGUES ON THE ART OF ARAB FASHION: Tatreez & TEA
Event Description: Dr. Reem El Mutwalli and Wafa Ghnaim, Founder of Tatreez & Tea discuss her upcoming book to be published.
Wafa Ghnaim is a Palestinian-American artist, researcher, writer, educator, and businesswoman who began learning Palestinian embroidery from her mother, award-winning artist Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, when she was two years old. This legacy has deeply influenced her career, becoming a leading educator in the field, the first-ever Palestinian embroidery instructor at the Smithsonian Museum, and collections specialist at the Museum of the Palestinian People in Washington, D.C. Wafa continues her mother’s educational legacy through Tatreez & Tea, a global arts education initiative that she established in 2016. Tatreez & Tea’s mission is to educate and empower exiled Palestinians of their heritage as well as to cultivate and strengthen allyship with non-Palestinians around the world.
Embroidery, or Tatreez, is a centuries-old practice preserved through intergenerational exchange over a cup of tea, or shay. Inspired by generations of fibre artists, The Tatreez Institute continues the rich traditions of embroidery, textile, and storytelling of Palestine, the Palestinian diaspora, and Greater Syria from the United States.
Wafa coined the title “Tatreez & Tea” in 2015 when she set out to write a book that preserved the meanings, stories, and patterns of Palestinian embroidery designs that she and her sisters had learned throughout their lives.
Date: 28th June 2022
Time: 12 pm (NYC), 5 pm (London), 8 pm (Dubai)
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