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Introduction to Palestinian Thobe Embroidery: Beyout (el-Khalil) Bookmark

2-Session Daytime Workshop on Zoom

Tuesday, April 13 and 20, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00PF
$75 - Member
$95 - Non-Member
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By Wafa Ghnaim


For generations, Palestinian women have gathered with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Guided by Wafa Ghnaim, who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2, learn the history of the traditional Palestinian thobe, as well as the basic cross-stitch. In honor of our collective quarantine experience, you stitch the “houses” motif into a bookmark on aida cloth that was originally used in el-Khalil (Hebron). Create an embroidered design with instruction on how to finalize the project into a bookmark, as well as personal insights into the role that embroidery plays in Palestinian cultural traditions.

Open to students of all skill levels, the first class offers an in-depth exploration of the centuries-old traditional concepts and styles of Palestinian women, as well as the basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, the use of ombre thread, two methods of cross-stitching, and motif repetition.


  • The instructor is Wafa Ghnaim.
  • 2 sessions, 2 hours each
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.

Additional Palestinian Thobe Embroidery programs are also available:


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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.