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RIP Taita 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍

Yesterday we received the upsetting news that Taita Leila, the woman this social enterprise was named after, has passed.  Taita Leila, our grandmother, was incredibly intelligent, loved to read, loved handicrafts, good food, hazelnut coffee and embroidery. She was incredibly stylish and unapologetically feminine. Her love for cats was unparalleled, claiming that pets funnily enough make you more human. Despite the challenges of forced displacement from her home in Jerusalem, she held her Palestinian identity close to her heart. She was incredibly educated and used her research skills to write ‘The Art of Palestinian Embroidery’ which set the landmark for research on this important topic.  Taita, we will miss you greatly and hope to make you proud 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 مبارح وصلتنا...

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Launching The Irdan Collection!

After crowdfunding, releasing the Qabbeh and the Benayiq collections, we are ready to introduce the final collection in our Anatomy of a Thobe series.   The Irdan Collection  We took our inspiration from the beautiful, bell, long and pointed sleeves, as seen in the image in this post. Known as the irdan, these large and bellowing sleeves were tied behind the woman's back while she would be busy doing manual labour. This collection is designed with the modern woman in mind, no matter what kind of business she may be up to.  We are staying true to our concept of crowdfunding, but executed a little differently. Our subscribers responded to a survey where they could preview our designs. Together with their insights, we think this...

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On copycats and sisterhood

As the month of March comes to a close, the month that celebrates women, we wanted to talk about sisterhood. ‘Tatreez’ or embroidery, in particular Palestinian embroidery, was always considered a woman’s art. We at Taita Leila are grateful to our grandmothers who have inspired us to protect this tradition, and we respect those who work very hard to produce it. We believe that our mission as a brand is not about preserving heritage for heritage’s sake, but to inspire, revive and recreate this art.  We want to encourage more innovation, more creativity, more interesting design in the region as a whole. As a company that prides itself on being a sisterhood, we want to see diversity and inclusion, even...

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Kerning Cultures and amazing brands from the Middle East

We are very pleased to announce that we are one of the feature brands in the new online store from Kerning Cultures. Kerning Cultures is a podcast challenging the narratives and stereotypes of the Middle East (available on iTunes). KC 'believes in the power of audio storytelling', and though their medium is a little different to ours, we are proud to be telling stories with them. Other incredible brands that are featured include Melting Pots, turning kitchen utensils into a multicultural exchange, THIS Toothbrush reviving an ancient natural toothbrush called the miswak, which has been used for centuries in Islamic communities and has been shown to be beneficial for dental hygiene, and Sitti Soap, a social enterprise providing fair-wage employment opportunities to skilled women refugees at...

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Boston Palestine Film Festival meets Taita Leila, part 2!

Boston, we're back!  The Boston Palestine Film Festival is bringing Palestinian embroidery to the forefront this year, closing with Carol Mansour's movie Stitching Palestine, a panel discussion featuring the director,  producer Muna Khalidi, and Wafa Ghnaim of Tatreez and Tea, and a stunning and extensive exhibition featuring some of our pieces! Get tickets to the event here.  Check out this blog post where we spoke about what embroidery means to us, and our upcoming plans!   

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