Art by
Taman Hadi, Aida Ismail, and Samira Jubran

July 19 - September 7, 2012

Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery

Palestinian embroidery is a sophisticated traditional art that has received international attention due to the proliferation of touring exhibitions and scholarship over the past several decades.   Originally found almost exclusively on clothing, especially the thob (woman’s dress), Palestinian embroidery now embellishes a wide range of items such as tablecloths, cushion covers, purses and scarves.  The talented artists featured in this exhibition learned to embroider as young girls from their mothers, aunts, and grandmothers.  From both Muslim and Christian backgrounds, they have continued to create beautiful work since relocating to Germantown, Tennessee.  The exhibition features examples of their work in addition to family heirlooms and dresses commissioned from embroiderers back home for weddings.  Characterized as “an extraordinarily rich medium of visual communication” by textile scholar Shelagh Weir, Palestinian embroidery can be understood as an intricate language with its own grammar, social meaning, and historical trajectory.


(Below) Shuka wall hanging by Samira Jubran, red and black cross-stitch on fine linen, featuring traditional “cypress tree” and “moon” motifs.


Palestinian Embroidery


(Below) Palestinian dress or “thob” made by Aida Ismail in her home town of El Bireh, West Bank.  She was assisted in making this dress by women of the In’ash el-Usra Cooperative in El Bireh.  Picture taken by Dana Everts-Boehm in March, 2012.

Palestinian Embroidery Dress












Free Admission

  For more information on the exhibit contact Julie Horn
at (615) 532-9798, or e-mail: julie.horn@tn.gov