Embroidering Catharsis, Renewal, & Reimagination
Artisans and leaders from Chicago’s Arab and African communities shared their communities' migration stories and explored the role craft plays in women’s resilience, from joyful celebration, marriage, birth to war, poverty, and turmoil.
Community artist Ibtessam Asfour co-led a workshop on traditional Palestinian embroidery, a skill passed down through generations of women in her family. This traditional craft was -- and is -- a source of cultural preservation, renewal, and creative survival during her family's experiences of multiple migrations. Her Christian Palestinian family was displaced multiple times and she eventually settled in the United States.
.Ms. Asfour taught participants the art of traditional embroidery - a powerful cultural tradition with centuries of symbolic significance. Each participant created their own embroidered piece.
Participants also recieved a personal tour of the Ethiopian Cultural Museum of Chicago. Ethiopian refugees experienced similar dislocation and resettlement issues. The musuem explores the beautiful history of Ethiopian arts and crafts and celebrates the resilience of Ethiopians around the world.
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Date :: October 24