The Palestine History Tapestry…

This is a not for profit project in support of Palestinian women: Women who live an oppressed existence, who are poor, whose land has been taken from them; many whose families have lived for over half a century  in refugee camps throughout the Middle East; women who like any wife or mother desperately want to take care of their families but face a daily struggle for survival.

The History Tapestry Project will empower Palestinian women, enabling them to engage in income generating activity whilst telling the story of the villages and towns, the life and heritage of their ancestors and forebears, the indigenous people of Palestine, through beautiful skilled embroidery, and the Palestinian History Tapestry Project.

What is the Palestinian History Tapestry Project ? click here to learn more

Charity Registration Number EW01704

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We have had this very creative image drawn by Amjad Ghannam an artist from East Jerusalem for a while, and have been searching for the right group to stitch it. We are pleased to say that  The Amari Women’s Program Center in Ramallah are about to embark on its production.

 Thank you Ladies we look forward to reports of work in progress.


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An Update

In light of the current situation in Gaza it is more than ever important to continue with our work on the Palestinian History Tapestry.  Donations continue to arrive and we are grateful to our donors who give without a second thought, who trust us to do well by their belief in what PHT is saying it will accomplish.  We thank those Palestinians in Jordan who are new to the project and who have shown great enthusiasm and excitement about being involved, and who are sewing.  Helen Hawari from PHT UK is planning a visit with new and old groups in West Bank, Ramallah and Galilee.  We in UK continue project awareness by writing articles, giving talks, and holding sales of work, and we try to keep our spirits up for Gaza. Dear Gaza, Atfaluna, Sulafa, and those individuals who are helping PHT, we look forward to the day you are free to live as others do, and we look forward to you being able to design and stitch again on the panels you have in hand. We are watching for your safety and waiting for your freedom.

How to Contribute a Panel

We welcome proposals for ideas about what would make interesting and important history in stitch. We also welcome contributions in sketch form or embroidery from Palestinians.

Because we would like there to be some uniformity in the finished tapestry, here are some guidelines showing what we’re looking for.

Guidelines
It is important that proposed panel designs or subject matter has had input from Palestinians. Proposals will be assessed by a PHT panel advisory group before formal artwork begins. This will ensure full Palestinian participation, eliminate panel duplication and form the basis of a database of stories.

The finished tapestry will be made from a series of story panels, each one separated from its neighbour by an embroidered spacer. The eventual length of the completed tapestry is unknown. Based on past experience, it is likely to be over 100 metres.

The Panels
Each completed panel will be approximately 1metre wide and exactly 50cm high.
Each panel will tell a story or scene agreed between the Palestinian stitchers and the PHT panel organisers.
Ideas for embroidered panels can be taken from the official PHT history list, which has been drawn up by two Palestinian historians,or from an alternative individual idea or suggestion. In all events, panels must be agreed by the PHT advisory group.
The density of stitching can vary depending on the topic.

The Spacers
Embroidered spacers will sit between the large panels. They must exactly 30cm wide and exactly 50cm high (no deviations from this size please), and will show a small stitched cameo, representative of some aspect of Palestinian life.
The idea for embroidered spacers can be sourced from anywhere [books, photographs, web] as long as the topic relates to Palestine or Palestinians. Ideas can also be taken from the official PHT history list. In all events, spacers must be agreed by the PHT panel advisory group.

All panels and spacers may (it is a choice) have a decorative embroidered border in traditional or modern design, or Arabic script, stitched around the panel story and the spacer cameo.
If the embroiderer chooses to stitch a border, then 10 cm should be left all round the outside of the border.
Please note that this is a voluntary, not-for-profit project. If you wish to take part, the PHT Project team may ask you to raise funds to support the work.

If you would like to take part please contact the Project Team by emailing pht@btinternet.com

A very special panel

Thank you everyone who gave comforting  comments on the death of Samar our coordinator in Gaza and her boys.

There are too many of you to thank individually but all comments have been read.

This is the very first small panel made and donated by Samar Al Hallaq whilst she was in Oxford with Hassan and her boys in 2013. We constantly need donations to allow us to continue with the project. There are accomplished embroiderers in Gaza and other parts of Palestine who now more than ever need our help.  Please donate  and become part of a memorable and historical project.

 

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A Devastating Loss

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Samar AlHallaq 1985-2014

We learned last night that Samar AlHallaq, our assistant coordinator in Gaza was killed, along with her two young sons aged four and six, by Israeli bombing in Rimal.  She was carrying her third child.

Her husband Hassan is critically ill in hospital.  Several other members of their family were killed in the same attack.

We are heartbroken beyond belief.

The Women of Gaza

All through the devastating war on Gaza the women of Sulafa the UNRWA embroidery group continue to stitch for the tapestry. They are currently stitching from these sketches drawn by Fatima a pht artist who lives in Gaza:

Right of return The right of return

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Safad village

Education colour

UNRWA education at home

Cast lead colour

Cast lead

May you all be protected and kept safe.

Embroiderers from Al Amari Refugee Camp Ramallah

Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association (ORFA) invited 6 women from Al Amari Refugee Camp in Ramallah and 1 from Bethlehem, to Oxford for a 10 day Palestinian awareness program. Refaa Abu Reesh from Jaffa, Latifa Naji, Samira Brash, Elham Abu Taha all from Ramla, Nadia Haboub, Basima Hamad both from Al Lid, and Hanan Bannourah from Bethlehem.

On Friday 20th June PHT hosted a supper for the women and gave  a presentation about the project with the hope that they would be inspired to join in.  Some of  the  images shown in the presentation were of  Al Amari camp embroidery center, taken a couple years ago when Helen and Jan visited. Women in the pictures were recognised with great glee by our visitors.  It is hoped that Jan and Helen will visit Al Amari  again this autumn and  encourage embroidery contributions. In all events there was great enthusiasm about helping from the group.

 

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