Wafa Ghnaim

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Introduction to Traditional Palestinian Embroidery

Introduction to Traditional Palestinian Embroidery

With Wafa Ghnaim Jan 7, 1:00-3:00pm CST A 2-hour introductory course into the history of Palestinian embroidery and dressmaking, as well as hands-on learning in the use of waste canvas on fabric: Learn the history and use of the traditional Palestinian motif "Eye of the Camel", from the Bedouin region of Bir Saba. Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

About Wafa Ghnaim

Wafa Ghnaim is a Palestinian-American artist, researcher, writer, educator, and businesswoman who began learning Palestinian embroidery from her mother, award-winning artist Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, when she was two years old. Her first book, “Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora” (2018), documents the traditional patterns passed to her by her mother. Wafa has since become a leading educator in the field as the first-ever Palestinian embroidery instructor at the Smithsonian Museum, and an artist-in-residence at the Museum of the Palestinian People in Washington, D.C. In addition to her extensive scholarship, Wafa continues her mother’s educational legacy through Tatreez & Tea, a global arts education initiative she began in 2016. Wafa has been featured in major media outlets, recently featured in Vogue Magazine, naming her and her mother “the world’s leading guardians of tatreez”. Wafa currently resides in Washington, D.C.