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The Journeys of Motifs: From Orient to Occident

Sale price€35.00

Ever since I finished my last book on Palestinian Embroidery Motifs I am more than ever curious and wonder when those brilliant embroidered dresses first emerged. From where did the motifs come, where is their origin? What love and imagination must have been transformed into such extraordinary embroidered dresses.

size 240 x 265 mm
280 pages incl. color photographs and illustrations
Rimal Books, 2018
Language: English
ISBN: 978 9963 715 10 7


Margarita Skinner lived in the Middle East for over twenty years and during that time volunteered in several Palestinian women's projects in Jordan, Gaza Strip, West Bank and for over five years she supervised embroidery production by over 300 ladies in a self-supporting programme in the Gaza Strip. Her 1998 book Between Despair and Hope: Windows on my Middle East Journey 1967-1992 gives some details of this endeavour. Margarita met Widad Kawar when they both worked in the refugee camps of Jordan after the 1967 war.

She is the author of critically acclaimed Palestinian Embroidery Motifs 1850-1950: A Treasury of Stitches, the first book to document all the different motifs by origin and names used on the old dresses.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Neil Sjoberg
Pure delight!

If you think a book about Palestinian embroidery is not for you, think again!
Within seconds I was hooked on the book and rushed to buy my own copy.
Apart from the wonderful photographs that draw you into the page Mrs Skinner's stories and explanations are entrancing and fascinating. The story of the turtle she passes on to children for example.

Think Arabian nights ,think Ali Baba and you come closer to the emotion of this book.

Leave this on your coffee table and noone will get round to the next hand of bridge!

Margaret Bellamy
The Journeys of Motifs

Wonderful book, exhaustively researched and beautifully illustrated. A demonstration of the author's love of the needlework and costumes of Palestine and of her dedication to the Palestinian people.

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