We are fortunate to have very skilled embroiderers stitching for the Palestine History Tapestry [PHT] Project in Gaza, The Naqab, Ramallah, Jordan, and Lebanon. So far, they have completed 17 panels and 13 spacers, and 4 panels and 5 spacers are currently being stitched. The Project’s field coordinators, historians, and organisers have identified 139 possible images for stitch.
There is much to do.
Eleven panels have been photographed onto canvas and exhibited publically, and they are available for exhibition bookings. If travel expenses can be reimbursed, one of the UK-based founders of the Project will present the background and development of the Palestine History Project, and answer questions about it.Talks help to create awareness of the Project and to raise funds to support the work through donations and sale of embroidery.
Five of the exhibition panels, Calligraphy, Gaza Roof Tops, Henna Party, The Nativity, and Olive Harvest, have been selected for a limited edition purchase. The images have been printed onto canvas, by a method called Giclée printing and are ready for framing or mounting.
Each canvas is roughly two thirds of the original in size, approximately 58cm x 30cm
If you are interested in supporting the project and in owning one of these beautiful prints contact firstname.lastname@example.org
During March 2016, Dowlet of the Al Amari embroidery group in Ramallah, is seen here making preparation to embroider a panel.
Meet Basma and Iman from Ein el Helweh refugee camp near Saida. Basma has stitched a spacer and Iman a panel for the project and have both taken other images to stitch. A third embroiderer, Keffa, has agreed to try a spacer with a view to doing more if she likes the work. Riham our coordinator for Lebanon is working very closely with the women and doing a great job.
Meet Jeanette in Amman, a meticulous and gifted Palestinian embroiderer. I showed her some samples of embroidery I had taken with me from our collection, and without hesitation she new immediately where the work had been done. Either by the stitches or by the fabric used. We are lucky to have her working for the tapestry. Barbara our coordinator for Amman feels that we are now on an embroidery roll in Amman. Janette has taken an image to work herself and a second piece for a friend who she works closely with. Barbara is keen to seek embroiderers from Jerash refugee camp known as ‘Gaza camp’ where Palestinian people live in very poor and difficult conditions. The camp is about 40Km from Amman and is situated on Roman ruins. Barbara is being supported by Leila the curator of Tiraz, a museum in Amman with the largest collection of Palestinian dress and embroidery http://tirazcentre.org/en/widad-kawar and Shaden who runs the Museum shop.
Women in Adversity
contemporary and traditional crafts as a source of hope and income
part of the
14th Oxford Human Rights Festival
Monday 25th January – Friday 19th February 2016 9am – 6pm
Glass Tank gallery, ground floor, Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University
Founded in 2003, the Oxford Human Rights Festival is an initiative of postgraduate students on the MA and MArchD courses in Development and Emergency Practice, with the aim of raising awareness of human rights issues in Brookes students and the wider Oxford community through the arts. This year’s programme includes feature films, music, talks and documentaries and will take place at Oxford Brookes University from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th February 2016.
The centrepiece of the 2016 festival is Women in Adversity, an exhibition in the Glass Tank gallery of crafts made by women facing daily situations of conflict, poverty and disease. It features embroidered panels from the Palestinian History Tapestry, a project which tells the story of the life and heritage of the indigenous people of Palestine and supports the traditional craft of Palestinian needlewomen. There is also a display of the Keiskamma History Tapestry, which illustrates the life of the people of the Eastern Cape of South Africa, items from the Windmill Fairtrade Shop in Headington, Oxford, imagery from the Suffragette movement and other examples of craft by women from the UK and around the world.
Dave and Cheryl Chapman of the Village Shop in Stanton-St-John, Oxfordshire have very kindly offered us their shop window for the whole of July. We have displayed the ‘Henna Party’ panel from Albeit Alsamed Gaza, ‘Olive Picking’ panel from the Haneen Project Nablus and the ‘Wedding’ panel from Al Deheishi refugee camp in the West Bank. There have also been embroideries for sale from Atfaluna and Sulafa embroidery groups in Gaza. According to Cheryl, there has been purchases of work and much interest in the project.
Palestine, Bronze period: Canaanites travelling to Egypt
[wall painting Bani Hassan, Egypt]
History panel stitched in the Naqab by Amina Abu-Rabia’
We have generously been given space in St Giles Church Woodstock Road, to contribute to the festival “Celebrating life and Culture” of Palestine and to show our work in progress. Excellent photo copies of all our current embroidered panels and spacers are on display. The church is open 12-2pm weekdays for visitors. If you are in Oxford I urge you to take a look. We are well pleased with the results.
The festival runs in Oxford City from 4th June -21st June.
Lots of activity showing the life and culture of Palestinians.
Something for everyone daily