Palestine on the Pier: UK’s first heritage ‘Thobe’ show

Palestinian embroidery — or ‘tatreez’ — is an artistic tradition passed down through generations that involves hand-stitching patterns and motifs with brightly coloured thread onto thobes and other accessories. The designs symbolise status as well as life events and are often unique to a particular village so that ‘every stitch tells a story’. Tatreez was recently added to the UNESCO list of protected cultural heritage.

‘These dresses have never been seen before in this country and we’re so excited to be sharing them for the first time on Hastings’ very own pier,’ said Katy Colley, one of the festival organisers.

The first Palestine on the Pier took place last year with music, food, dance, storytelling and craft, attracting a crowd of over 1,000.



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