This is a charitable, 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 is empowering Palestinian women, enabling them to engage in income generation, whilst telling the story of the villages and towns, the life and heritage of their forebears, the indigenous people of Palestine, through beautiful, skilled embroidery in the Palestine History Tapestry Project.
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Iain Chalmers’ report for the PHT Project Committee on his visit to Gaza, the Naqab, and the West Bank, 10-18 March 2017
Jan was scheduled to give two talks about the PHT Project in Gaza, and to host a meal for designers and stitchers at the Marna House Hotel. Because Jan had been advised not to travel with the unhealed injury to her arm, I gave those and other talks about the Tapestry, and hosted a light meal for PHT-linked people and other friends.
At the invitation of my colleague Khamis Elessi, the Tapestry was presented to his Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) pathology class. Enthusiastic reception.
Tapestry was presented at a meeting convened by Ibrahim Muhtadi at UNRWA Headquarters, with Wafa al-Za’anin helping out.
The Head of English – Dr Maha Alawdat – at Kseifa School, where Yasmeen Haj Amer teaches, asked me to present the Tapestry to a class of about 20 boys and girls. It provoked a great deal of interest. Maha suggested that they should design and stitch a tapestry illustrating the history of the Bedouin in the Naqab and the children responded enthusiastically to this proposal, including a boy who said that he would like to learn stitching.
We’am Hammoudeh took me to visit the PHT contributors in the Amari Camp in Ramallah – Refa Mustafa; Dawlat Abu Shawish (Um Husam), Badriya Hamad, and Bassima Hamad (Um Samir)
Jan’s talk was presented 6 times, and was well received on every occasion. I had the strong impression that face-to-face meetings are important for those involved in the Tapestry, and they hope to see Jan before long.
Daphne Symon from Cheltenham visited the sewing group early this autumn and sent back an ‘at work’ image. The group have just completed a crusader panel and are starting on a new work. Thank you ladies great work.
Hekmat, one of our star Gaza embroiderers; Wafaa, Assistant Field Co-ordinator, Gaza; and Ibrahim, the Project’s Artistic Designer. You guys are doing a great job. Keep it up please.
Limited edition prints of five popular embroidered panels. Each one is limited to 50 Giclee prints approx. 50 x 30 cm, on mat cotton, coated canvas, ready to frame or mount. Each print comes with an authentic limited edition certificate.
The Nativity, the Christian story designed and sewn by women of Beit Jala, Bethlehem.
Gaza Rooftops, designed by Adham Jaba and embroidered by Hekmat Ashour, Gaza
Olive Harvest, designed and stitched by the women of Haneen Project, Balata refugee camp near Nablus
Henna Party, a traditional embroidery stitched by Albeit Alsamed, Gaza
Palestine, an extract from a poem by Mahmoud Dawish.
Calligraphy designer,Ibrahim Muhtadi, stitched by Hekmat Ashour, Gaza
The prints are £50 each plus postage and packing.
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..the appointment of one of our history advisors, Mahmoud Hawari, to the position of Director General of the Palestine Museum in Birziet. We wish him well and congratulate the museum on a wonderful and wise appointment.