Palestinian Embroidery On Display At Abu Dhabi Art


Ancient Palestinian embroidery is alive and well at an upcoming exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

The Journey, running from 20th to 23rd November, will highlight Tatreez, or Palestinian embroidery, created by women refugee artisans and in collaboration with French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed.

The exhibit will display framed tapestries, figurines and a book all presented in a 3D booth.

UAE-based social enterprise 81 Designs organised the exhibit. The hired artisans and their children from Ai El-Hilweh camp in South Lebanon painted seven murals spreading messages of hope and resilience.

The artisans also created figurines made in Tatreez that embody their hopes and dreams. Their creations are named after each woman and child that participated in the project. Prices start from $72 (AED 264).

Meanwhile, the book presents behind-the-scenes with striking photographs that show the living condition of a displaced community.

The images in the book paint an intimate view of the camp and how the murals integrate in the landscape of the community.

The special edition book is priced at $115 (AED 422), and features a cover with eL Seed’s artwork embroidered into the cover. Regular softbound copies, meanwhile, are priced at $80 (AED 293) each.

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Also visit the on-going Traditional Handicraft Festival in Al Ain.

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