• Vanished

    Ahmed Masoud

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

  • 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.

  • Glafkos Clerides

    Niyazi Kizilyurek

    An intellectual journey in the modern political history of Cyprus.

  • Threads of Identity

    Widad Kamel Kawar

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

  • To Palestine with Love

    Najwa Kawar Farah

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

  • Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

    Margarita Skinner

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

  • Lovesong

    Afaf Zurayk

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

  • Jerusalemites

    Dr Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh

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

  • Nostos

    Maath al-Alousi

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


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December 03, 2007

LIVING WELL MAGAZINE - A Treasury of Stitches

"To the Palestinian women of the past and present whose needles magically create A Treasury of Stitches"


A Treasury of Stitches is a wonderful memoir that unites motifs created through a period of 100 years (1850-1950). Margarita Skinner, in association with Widad K. Kawar (also known as Umm ‘l-ibas al falastini - mother of the Palestinian dress), documented possibly the first book to contain all original embroidery motifs on traditional Palestinian outfits. In this unique book, you can find the roots of every story behind a stitch. The stunning photographs - by Falak Shawwa - of variable motifs makes every page original and visually captivating. The author's compilations are flawless, appropriately educating the readers of the true meaning of Palestinian embroidery.


Names of hundreds of motifs are identified, one on each page, in both Arabic and English e.g., Coffee Bean - Habbet Binn (Jaffa and Gaza areas), Feathers and Olives - Reesh wa Zeytoon (Beersheba and Sinai areas), Grapes Branch - ‘Irq el-enab (Ebron and Jaffa areas). Needless to say, every page presents different aspects of the Palestinian culture in which the writer's meticulous research is apparent.


This real page-turner is the easiest way to learn about the Palestinian culture, by forming a wonderful bridge between the author's culture and the Palestinian motifs. "I hope this documentation will help preserve and revive this wonderful Palestinian heritage. Let the stitches speak to us again..." said Skinner on what she hopes the book will accomplish.


This book review was published in Living Well Magazine.

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