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.
What is the Palestinian History Tapestry Project? click here to learn more
Charity Registration Number EW01704
At a PHT Project meeting in January 2017 a discussion was held by the Committee Members regarding the on going selection of images for stitch. The general agreement was that in order to respond in full to a project objective….“To ensure that Palestinians manage the work,”…. a sub-committee of Palestinian membership should be set up with responsibility for the continuation of image for stitch selection. The Sub-Committee will be coordinated by Selma Harb and image contributions will be gathered from wherever there is inspiration
Images suggested for inclusion in the Tapestry will be selected by Palestinians and agreed for stitch by the Sub-Committee.
The following questions are guidelines for image selection
Is the suggested image about:
- Palestinian history?
- Palestinian heritage?
If the answer is yes to at least one of these questions, proceed to:
Is the image suggested:
- A suitable contribution to the Tapestry?
- Too large or complicated for a panel?
- Able to be transferred easily onto fabric?
- Straightforward to stitch?
These questions may need to be answered by designers and embroiderers in the field.
Once images have been agreed by the Sub-Committee, those referring to history may be passed to a History Advisor for comments.
Following Sub-Committee approval, images will be allocated to a Field Coordinator for stitch.
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.
The Tapestry was presented to 170 medical students (men and women) at the new IUG campus at Moharrarat. Another 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.