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The Palestinian Village Sampler

2-Session Afternoon Studio Arts Course

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Upcoming Session:
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00XD
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$95 - Member
$115 - Non-Member

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By Wafa Ghnaim

Palestinian embroidery is a centuries-old art form, representing cultural identity, heritage, and resilience throughout generations. In this custom project, stitch a small village sampler incorporating motifs from el-Khalil, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Bir Saba on even-weave cloth. The instructor incorporates calligraphy into the sampler to symbolize the diasporic condition of the Palestinian people today.

The class offers an in-depth exploration of traditional Palestinian concepts and styles of embroidery as well as the basics of transferring a pattern to fabric, threading a needle, color theory, and more. It also is a history lesson, identifying the styles, practices, and political context in which each of the motifs was practiced and preserved in villages.

No experience is required. Basic understanding of counted cross-stitch is helpful.

This class will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.

Other Information

  • 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.

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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.