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8th March
11:00 to 12:30
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Material Power Palestinian Embroidery - Guided Exhibition visit

8th March 11:00 to 12:30
Embroidery is the most critical cultural material of Palestine. This ancient practice, called tatreez in Arabic, is characterised by remarkable beauty and complexity.
This activity is offered as part of Go Global - an exciting set of activities, , allowing students to engage in an international experience.

Historically, each area of Palestine was known for different motifs, techniques and textiles. Embroidery constituted a visual language among rural women, and their clothing reflected their origins and identity.

Material Power charts the evolution of embroidery in Palestine over the past century: from rich village tradition, transformed by modernity, to its politicisation in the 1970s and commodification in the present. Over the last 75 years, embroidery has become a powerful symbol of resistance and the embodiment of resilience on personal and national scales.

On display in the UK for the first time in over 30 years, historical dresses sit alongside the voices of women who continue to embroider today and the work of contemporary artists critically reinterpreting the practice. Material Power seeks to unfold Palestine’s intimate human history through clothing.

Material Power: Palestinian embroidery was organised by The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard Cambridge.

A joint session for students in Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Business and Law.

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    Material Power Palestinian Embroidery - Guided Exhibition visit