For the Love of Tatreez

An Artist Talk by Wafa Ghnaim

Wafa Ghnaim is a Palestinian-American artist, educator, and author of Tatreez & Tea whose mission is to preserve Palestinian embroidery and storytelling traditions in the diaspora. Join her in her sharing her story in learning Palestinian embroidery from her mother, award-winning artist Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim. She will be showcasing her work and sharing the stories she has stitched over the past few years as a mother and in quarantine.

Sunday, June 6, 2021


2pm – 3:30pm EDT*

Zoom, a link will be send to participants the day before class.

We would like to make this lecture available to anyone who would like to participate. Therefore we have a pay-what-you-can model. If you are able to pay the suggested fee of $25, we appreciate it. If you are unable to pay the full amount but would still like to participate, you may pick a different amount in the drop down list. Thank you for supporting us during this time.

*This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one week for you to watch at your convenience.

Wafa Ghnaim

Wafa Ghnaim is an American born Palestinian businesswoman, writer, and artist. She founded Tatreez & Tea in 2015, to preserve Palestinian tatreez embroidery and storytelling traditions in the diaspora. Her self-published book, titled “Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora” (2018), documents the traditional patterns passed to her by her mother, award-winning Palestinian embroidery artist Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim. Tatreez & Tea has since become a social media sensation and global initiative offering online and live classes around the world in service of promoting the practice of Palestinian embroidery by anyone, anywhere, anytime. In 2018, Wafa was awarded the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Traditional Arts — a once in a lifetime award for her work in preserving and teaching Palestinian embroidery around the globe. From teaching at universities around the world, to becoming the first-ever Palestinian embroidery instructor at the Smithsonian Museum — Wafa Ghnaim has led a tatreez revolution; a global collective of embroiderers, allies, designers and artists who are committed to preserving tatreez in the Palestinian diaspora. Tatreez & Tea now offers all classes and lectures 100% online. Wafa currently resides in Washington, DC.

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