The Middle East has long been the home of a multitude of different embroidery styles, which in many cases had a long history. But many of these forms have throughout the centuries been influenced by techniques, motifs and materials from neighbouring lands and continents. Embroidery was widely used for the wardrobe of the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun. It was also an important feature of the Byzantine and early Christian courts and religious institutions. It was, and still is an important aspect of Palestinian dress, but also found throughout the Maghreb, especially in Morocco and Tunisia. Middle Eastern embroidery has had a significant impact on European styles and techniques, and vice versa, European forms, particularly from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, have deeply affected Middle Eastern decoration.
This workshop looks at a wide variety of embroidery types associated with the Middle East. It will include urban, village and bedouin items from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, as well as Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The workshop will look at the history, techniques, and designs associated with this part of the world. During the day, we will also look at developments beyond the Middle East that affected the embroidery in the Middle East, and vice versa.
Participants will be seated in the spacious workroom of the TRC, to guarantee the one and a half metre distance. Following national guidelines, participants may choose to wear a face mask, made available by the TRC. You may of course also bring your own. The TRC participation protocol will apply.
The lecturer of this workshop is Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, director of the TRC and the editor and principal author of the Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World (Bloomsbury 2006).