“Tatreez & Tea” is a course, used both online and offline, that explores the wonder of traditional Palestinian tatreez embroidery. The course was founded by Palestinian woman Wafa Ghnaim in 2015. Learning her embroidery skills from her mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, who has taught embroidery since the 1970s.
Traditionally, the skill of embroidery is passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea (hence the name of the project, “Tatreez & Tea”). Wafa began her training at the early age of two and continues to share her knowledge and skills with others to this day. In 2018, she published a book - "Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora.", which contains more than 11,000 wonderful photos.
Wafa Ghnaim has been awarded the prestigious ‘New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Traditional Arts’ for teaching and preserving key elements of Palestinian culture. Certainly an achievement to be very proud of.
The courses are designed for all levels of training, and the “Tatreez & Tea” website has a useful calendar with all of the lessons and upcoming events.