World Beat Wednesdays Presents Palestinian Embroidery with Wafa Ghnaim

Wafa Ghnaim is an American born Palestinian businesswoman,writer, and artist. She founded Tatreez & Tea in 2015, to preserve Palestinian tatreez embroidery traditions and storytelling in the diaspora. Herself-published book, titled "Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora" (2018), documents the traditional patterns passed to her by her mother, award-winning Palestinian embroidery artist Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim. Tatreez & Tea has become a social media sensation and global initiative -- the first and only of it's kind --offering online and live classes around the world in service of promoting the practice of Palestinian embroidery by anyone, anywhere, anytime. In 2018, Wafa was awarded the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Traditional Arts -- a once in a lifetime award for her work in preserving and teaching Palestinian embroidery around the globe. From teaching Palestinian embroidery at prestigious universities, design conferences, and festivals around the world, to becoming the first-ever Palestinian embroidery instructor at the Smithsonian Museum, and to launching online classes accessible by anyone,anytime, anywhere — Wafa Ghnaim has led a tatreez revolution; a global collective of embroiderers, allies, students, designers and artists who are committed to preserving tatreez embroidery in the Palestinian diaspora. Wafa currently resides in Washington, DC.