The Palestinian History Tapestry


Exhibition Dates: 11th - 22nd December 2018


Ehibition Launch: Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 18:30 - 21:00



In partnership with the Middle East Monitor, the Palestinian History Tapestry will launch the largest embroidered collection of illustrative work ever produced by Palestinian embroiderers on 11 December 2018, which marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of UN Resolution 194 calling for the Palestinian Right of Return.

The Palestinian History Tapestry is an expression of ‘sumud’ (steadfastness). It has been made by Palestinian women within and outside Palestine. It illustrates the history of the Land of Palestine and its peoples, from the Neolithic Era to the present. It draws attention to the history and heritage of the Palestinian people and their land, and to their internationally confirmed right to return to the homes from which they were expelled in 1948.

The Tapestry Project is empowering Palestinian women, enabling them to engage in income generation, whilst telling the story of the villages and towns, the life and heritage of their forebears, the indigenous people of Palestine, through beautiful, skilled embroidery in the Palestine History Tapestry Project.

At the Launch, a panel of speakers will discuss Palestinian embroidery, the PHT project and later history off Palestine with a special focus on Resolution 194.




Palestinian Embroidery

Shelagh Weir (Former Middle East Curator for the British Museum)

The Story of the Palestinian History Tapestry

Jan Chalmers (PHT Co-founder)

Later History of Palestine and UN Resolution 194

Karl Sabbagh (Author and PHT Historical Advisor)

Reflections on the Palestinian History Tapestry

Jehan Alfarra (Palestinian journalist)

Ibrahim Muhtadi (PHT Facilitator and Designer)

Q&A Session Chaired by MEMO




For further exhibition information, press images and interview opportunities, please contact the gallery: or Aisha Elmasri, email:, Tel. +44 (0)20 8838 0231




Supported by: The Middle East Monitor, The Palestinian History Tapestry and WATAN