Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Artist Studio Visit with @amnna.attia on Instagram Live. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, Amnna will be taking us through a tour of her home studio, answering your questions, and telling us about this beautiful tatreez embroidery. You can let us know what objects hold cultural significance for you by posting with the hashtag #EtobicokeCreates to be included as part of our Exploring Community Arts and Culture in Etobicoke initiative.
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"Tatreez is the Arabic word for a style of Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery. Originating about 3,000 years ago, Palestinian women continue to embrace this form of art using different patterns, textures, and colours, passing it down from generation to generation. Although very beautiful, Tatreez often also tells a hidden story. Different patterns and colours are symbolic, and the tatreez patterns and designs that women wear, oftentimes signify their regional identities. The most important treasure that tatreez holds is national identity. Tatreez is more than just embroidery, it is Palestine and its people. It is the stories of our tetas (grandmothers). It is a piece of home. As a Palestinian-Canadian, I felt disconnected from my Palestinian identity. Tatreez is an amazing way to preserve and connect with Palestinian identity and hopefully a means to pass that identity on to future generations so we never forget about where we come from. Our history, our stories, our people’s resistance, and our mothers and grandmothers are embedded in each and every stitch.”
To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!