Craft(ing) Culture(s) :: Embroidering Catharsis, Renewal, & ReImagination

Embroidered Palestinian Wall-hanging
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Community artist Ibtessam Asfour will lead a workshop on Palestinian embroidery, a skill passed down through generations of women in her family.  This traditional craft was -- and is -- a source of creative expression, cultural identity, and renewal during her family's multiple migrations.

Participants will: (1) learn embroidery skills (2) examine the symbolism of traditional patterns and (3) discuss culture and gender in Chicago’s refugee and immigrant communities.

We will also explore craft's role in women’s resilience, from joyful celebration, marriage, and birth to war, poverty, and turmoil.  

Participants will receive guided tours of the Ethiopian Cultural Museum of Chicago.



Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC)
1730 W Greenleaf Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone: (773) 508-0303


Rogers Park

$15 suggested donation (sliding scale).  Please note there are limited spaces for this workshop.  Please RSVP using Eventbrite:

Chicago-based artists include:

Ibtessam Asfour, Community Artist I Artists from CEW Design Studio, | Myung Soon Chay, Community Artist I Cassie Hamrick, | Kulsum Ameji, | Savneet Talwar, | Sophie Canade, |