This workshop will focus on the preservation of the indigenous, endangered art of Palestinian embroidery. The workshop is centered on Wafa Ghnaim’s book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, which preserves the craft of embroidery as well as the art of storytelling that is encapsulated in each traditional Palestinian motif. This workshop is open to all genders and ages but reserved for the first 15 people who register and pay. No refunds are possible. Wafa will give a public presentation in the same location following the embroidery workshop from 7pm to 8pm that is free and open to the public. Register for the workshop here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tatreez-and-tea-palestine-embroidery-workshop-tickets-49793559878
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.
On behalf of the planning committee, I am really pleased to say that the Westchester Social Forum website is live and updated! We are really looking forward to the 2019 social forum scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 24th at Purchase College! You can sign up to table for your social justice group or simply sign up to attend the gathering. Take a look at the range of workshops being offered this year: www.westchestersocialforum.org/
We will be joined by the Peace Poets, Juan Gonzalez (Democracy Now!) and Soul Fire Farm and more.
Hope to see you there and please put on your calendars today!