Palestinian Handicrafts Exhibition at the Association for Social Workers November 2-5, 2009

Published October 27th, 2009 - 07:26 GMT

The Palestinian Culture Center holds the second of its annual exhibitions for 2009 at the Association for Social Workers.  Under the patronage of Mr. Abdulrahman Atawhid, President of the ASW, the show includes a large collection of textile-based traditional handmade cross-stitch as well as pottery from Hebron, books about Palestine in English and Arabic, posters, slide shows, Palestinian food and family oriented activities.

The Palestinian Culture Center is a non-profit organization that aims to preserve the rich heritage and culture of Palestine while also helping support women and their families become economically independent. Some of our achievements in the past year include
• Full sponsorship of 65 needy orphaned families or families with a disabled  father in Palestine at US $ 100 / month
• In education, we granted 21 honor students full scholarships for Palestinian universities at US $1,000-1,200 per year. This is in addition to 10 previous graduates whom, due to their scholarship, are now core financial supporters for their families
• School bag and supplies worth US $ 50 per student via various non-governmental organizations across Palestine
• The employment of 425 women from the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan thus helping them to improve their financial situation while preserving our culture and heritage
• Support of health care by sending financial assistance to 3 Gaza and 5 West Bank hospitals to purchase equipment and medicine. This includes a kidney dialysis unit in Hebron, the heating of pool water for physiotherapy in the Amal Center for the Handicapped in Nablus, and the purchase of optical equipment in Halhoul Hospital
• Eid gifts from child to child (from Jordan to Palestine)
 
Exhibition Highlights
 
• Traditional cross-stitch embroidery of dresses, linens, shawls, cushions, table runners, cards, coasters, belts, purses, bookmarks and more
• Handmade ceramics from Hebron
• Books, posters, cards, key chains, kafiya’s and DVDs
• Paintings from Palestinian artists from Jerusalem and other occupied areas
• Full day bake sale on Thursday of traditional Palestinian food
• Face painting for kids on Thursday

Palestinian embroidery using needle and silk thread is a manifestation of the Palestinian identity as it has evolved over the ages. An age old art, all Palestinian ladies, young and old, would spend hours embroidering their trousseau, dresses, shawls and cushions. Using geometrical shapes at first, and then evolving to depicting images from nature surrounding them, the dresses are famous for their flowery designs and bold natural colors of indigo and red. Symbols of the ubiquitous cypress trees surrounding the orange groves, roses, jasmine and the famous olive tree are typical motifs in these dresses.

The exhibition held at the Association for Social Workers is in Adailiya, Block 4, Itihad Street, next to the Qazemah Sports Club. It will be held for 4 days starting Monday the 2nd of November through Thursday November 5th. The exhibition is open to the public from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 to 8:30 pm on Monday through Wednesday but on Thursday is open all day from 10:00 a.m. till 8:30 p.m.

Venue: Association for Social Workers
Date:  Monday 2nd of November through Thursday November 5th 
Morning: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Afternoon: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm


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