The Palestinian History Tapestry…

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.

Watch this short video describing the project.

Charity Registration Number EW01704

[We apologise for the random adverts that may appear on our blog. They come with the site as it is free, and are nothing to do with the Project. We hope they do not deter your enjoyment of our news]

منسوجة التاريخ الفلسطيني

منسوجة التاريخ الفلسطيني هي مشروع خيري غير ربحي يهدف لدعم المرأة الفلسطينية والتي تعيش ظروفا قاسية، حيث سلبت أرضها منها وتعرضت إلى سلسلة من النكبات على مدى سنوات الاحتلال الطويلة؛ نساء فلسطين اللاتي عاشت أسرهن في مخيمات للاجئين على مدى أكثر من نصف قرن في شتى أنحاء الشرق الأوسط؛ النساء اللاتي يرغبن في رعاية أسرهن كأي زوجة أو أم في العالم، ولكنهن يكافحن يومياً من أجل البقاء.

 مشروع المنسوجة التاريخية يسعى لتمكين النساء الفلسطينيات ويساعدهن على إدرار الدخل، في حين تروي منسوجاتهن في ثناياها قصص القرى والبلدات الفلسطينية وحياة وتراث أسلافهن والسكان الأصليين لفلسطين من خلال فن التطريز الجميل والمميز.

ما هو مشروع منسوجة التاريخ الفلسطيني؟ انقر هنا لمعرفة المزيد.

رقم تسجيل الجمعية الخيرية EW01704

 

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We Feature in a film.

If you are in the vicinity, St Anthony College Oxford 5pm Friday 9th February will be hosting a  talk  by Avi Shlaim and a film by Karl Sabbagh featuring  one or two of the tapestry panels.  See you there!!

https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/events/mec-seminar-palestine-reality

 

 

We were in Norwich

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Saturday 18th November we were invited to an Eastern dinner by the Norwich branch of the PSC [Palestinian Solidarity Campaign].  The food and people were wonderful. We gave a good account of the Project with a PowerPoint presentation and the sale of many embroidered items.  We made new friends and the possibility of an exhibition  at the University of East Anglia in 2018.

Fifth Annual General Meeting 2016/17

On Sunday 1st October we held our fifth Annual General Meeting. The general feeling was that its the best AGM we ever held. There were 8 Palestinians in attendance, 6 members of the subcommittee, the patron and a committee member. The subcommittee are well on the case for image selection for the post 1917 period.  We can’t wait to see what milestones they choose.

To view Annual Report click on this link

Annual Report 2017

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An exhibition, a sale and a talk in Cheltenham

 

During the weekend 23/24 September 2017,  Cheltenham Churches sponsored a one day conference, “Israel Palestine What Next?” and a PHT panel exhibition.

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Our hosts Roger and Daphne Symon

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Selling in Cheltenham

Shaima, Ibrahim, Jan and Nikki ready to sell

Items for sale

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It was almost a sell out of all the  embroidered items made by Atfaluna and Sulafa, embroidery groups in Gaza.

There was plenty of interest in the project, as many came on the Sunday afternoon to hear the talk and see the PowerPoint presentation.

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selling

Thank you Cheltenham for your support and interest.

 

 

 

Ibrahim is here

Our designer for the tapestry from Gaza, Ibrahim Muhtadi, has been in Oxford for two weeks.  He has worked with Jan and the support team suggesting design methods that could be adopted to make embroidery and image transfer easier.  He has also been meeting up with friends from Gaza and exchanging news.

with HassanHassan Alhallaq

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Salem Al Qudwa

Sub-committee

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:

  • Palestine?
  • Palestinians?
  • 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.