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

Visit to Amman and Beirut

Amman and Beirut 15th – 23rd March2015


Visits were made to

  • A community project in Amman run by Um Jassar
  • Um Ismail, leader of a woman’s embroidery group “Hope” part of Al Amal, a Baqaa camp community organisation.
  • Faiha Abdulhadi a writer and Researcher Consultant who is working on Palestinian memory through “ِAl Rowat for Studies and Research.
  •  Independent meetings/discussions were held with the PHT Patron Ghada Karmi.
  •  A meeting and visit with Widad Kawar owner of the Tiraz Centre,  home of Arab dress.

All of these visits and discussions gave us positive ideas for the future of embroidery in Jordan.

at Widads 4 - Copy - Copy - CopyWidad Kawas home with  Barbara  Jan and Ghada


When in Beirut, three years ago, we tried to establish an interest in the project with embroidery groups based in refugee camps.  We made contact with  Mahmoud Zeidan a Palestinian who has been interested in the project since our original visit. Mahmoud made a few phone calls and visits and suggested someone he thought might be suitable for the role of coordinator in Lebanon.  We met with Riham Khalil from Saida a mother of three who was very enthusiastic about volunteering to help with the project. We agreed together that she would be able to fulfil the role of coordinator

Mahmoud and RihamJan and Iain having coffee with Mahmoud Zeidan, Riham Khalil and Ali Zeidan

It was a successful visit and future visits are planned.

Our newest recruit

Shayma Wahaidi  who is studying for a masters in public health at Oxford Brookes University is the newest recruit to the project. She is advising the UK team at the moment but……

…on her return home later this year she will be working with Jamila and Ibrahim, the Gaza team


Amazing AGM

Yesterday Sunday 28th September we had our first official AGM.  It went so well. The highlight was the link up with our field coordinators Ibrahim in Gaza Jamila in Doha and Basma in Amman.  There is much to do and we are ready for it.

AGM Mhd Chair

Thanks to Mahmoud for Chairing


AGM 2014


Thanks to every one for giving up a Sunday afternoon


AGM Jan Bas

…….and thanks to Jamila and Basma attending by Skype.  Special thanks to Ibrahim on Skype from Gaza who attended most of the meeting with his computer and WiFi fired by battery as there was no mains power.