• Vanished

    Ahmed Masoud

    A fictional story set against the political unrest in Palestine, following a young boy trying to find his father.

  • Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

    Margarita Skinner

    The tradition of embroidery is one of the great art forms of village life in Palestine.

  • Nostos

    Maath al-Alousi

    Despite the layer of a sweet sadness that is suspended over it, the city does not sleep at night...

  • Lovesong

    Afaf Zurayk

    An exquisite celebration of one of the deepest and strongest of human emotions.

  • Rue du Mexique

    Suhail Bulos

    From tales of surreptitious teenage romances in Jerusalem, to day-long curfews during the Lebanese civil war and a renegade rooster in Beirut.

  • To Palestine with Love

    Najwa Kawar Farah

    Najwa Kawar Farah relates emotions of love and longing in this moving collection of poetry and paintings.

  • Threads of Identity

    Widad Kamel Kawar

    A record of 50 years Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the Palestinian heritage.

  • Jerusalemites

    Dr Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh

    As a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, the city of his birth, remained strong.

  • Glafkos Clerides

    Niyazi Kizilyurek

    An intellectual journey in the modern political history of Cyprus.


Margarita Skinner

Margarita Skinner of Switzerland in collaboration with Widad Kamel Kawar of Jordan provides us with a glimpse into the history of Palestinian embroidery.


Margarita Skinner, a health and welfare aid worker, was in the Middle East for over twenty years as a volunteer in hospitals, health centres and relief aid organizations. During that time she worked in several Palestinian women's projects in Jordan, Gaza Strip, West Bank and Lebanon. She organized kindergartens, occupational therapy and sewing and embroidery projects in Jordan, and for five years she supervised embroidery production by over 300 ladies in a self-supporting programme in the Gaza Strip.

She worked in the Jerusalem office of the International Committee of the Red Cross after the war in 1967, was UNRWA's Welfare Officer in south Lebanon in the summer of 1982 and UNICEF's Health Coordinator in Baghdad 1991/1992. Her 1998 book "Between Despair and Hope: Windows on my Middle East Journey 1967-1992 (I.B. Tauris/Radcliffe Press London) gives some details of this endeavour.

Published works

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs
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