Children will learn how to cross-stitch their own birds, a traditional motif in Palestinian embroidery, in this fun, calm and creative workshop, supporting their fine motor skills along the way. Children will also learn more about the significance of this special Palestinian tradition. The workshop is led by The Tatreez Collective, a group of artists united by a love of tatreez, the Arabic word for embroidery.
Price: £5 children; free for accompanying adults
Meet The Tatreez Collective
The Tatreez Collective (Dina Asfour, Lizzy Vartanian, Yomn Al-Kaisi) is made up of three diasporic women of Middle Eastern heritage ultimately united by a love of Tatreez. The word ‘tatreez’ is Arabic for embroidery, and while the term is used to refer to embroider more broadly, in the Palestinian context it is understood to refer to cross-stitch. Their practice is a way to document and promote Palestinian heritage, as well as an act of resistance.
Nour Hage: Kheit خيط(28 April – 16 July 2023) is an exhibition and event series in collaboration with Leighton House, the 19th century home of artist Lord Frederic Leighton. Meaning ‘thread’ in Arabic, Kheit presents three artworks created in response to the tiles in the Arab Hall and staircase hall. An award-wining textile artist, Nour has also researched the museum’s collection of antique textiles, featuring Syrian clothing, Ottoman hangings and runners, and Iranian carpets. During Leighton’s lifetime textiles, in particular from the Middle East and North Africa, were a prominent decorative feature in his house, and over the last two years the museum has acquired and displayed significant pieces to recreate the original interiors.
Kheit is a collaboration between The Arab British Centre and Leighton House, as part of our Arab Britain programming theme that sets out to explore and document the history, achievements and experiences of Arabs in Britain. Funded by The Barakat Trust’s Hands on Islamic Art grant, made possible by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.