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Taita Leila is coming to Boston!

Taita Leila will be in Boston this Saturday!  The Boston Palestine Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a fundraising dinner before the annual program in October. The dinner includes a silent auction, featuring crafts and heritage items from all over Palestine, and we'll be taking part! We've sent over a three-piece set from our inaugural Qabbeh collection, each of a different type of embroidery: Bethlehem famous for its couched tahriri stitch, our bestseller Ramallah in cross-stitch, and the Galilee cape featuring patchwork.     T Though this festival is renowned for the incredible scope of film screened, what we like most about it is the tatreez logo! The dinner also includes the charming Suad Amiry as the keynote speaker, founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation and...

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Why ethical fashion is becoming important

Fashion is a big part of everyone’s life, whether following the latest trend or outright choosing not to, clothes are an essential part of life, almost a form of self-expression without having to speak! Time magazine ran an interesting article about the 5 things your clothes are saying about you. Whether going out on a date, meeting friends, or even just picking up a few groceries, choosing an outfit that suits the occasion on the wearer's terms is a must. There has been an “ethical wave” of late, as consumers want to know the source of their clothing. Fashion Revolution ran a campaign on instagram this year hashtagging it #whomademyclothes, wearing clothes inside out to ask well-known retailers to reveal the people and process behind...

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My Taita for Taita Leila

In the slow summer months we know a lot of our 'grandchildren' are spending time with their family. We wanted to take advantage of that with a fun competition- we asked them to tell us the story of their grandmothers! Using the hashtag ‪#‎myTaitaforTaitaLeila‬ we requested a picture, old or new, with a funny memory, anecdote or her life story! We got cute stories about Shahrazad's Taita 'inventing' lyrics (that turned out to be Greek), Alex being spoilt by her grandmother who grew up during the Great Depression, but Derrar's story of his badass, Wall Street occupying grandma Pura Rivera Barakos who was arrested in NYC touched our heartstrings. After he called her an inspiration and a hero, she reminded us of what was important with her comment: “We all must work together...

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Taita Leila en espanol!

We were interviewed by Alba Villén Rueda for her article on our social enterprise, Taita Leila. Titled (ES) 'El tradicional bordado palestino perpetua su patrimonio en prendas actuales', we love how we sound in Spanish! The article was published in prestigious publications such as efe, eldiario, telemundoatlanta, lavanguardia, and eldia. Ole! 

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Inspiration

When designing our inaugural collection, we did a lot of research into the different styles of Palestinian traditional dress. As we discovered the stories and meaning behind the thread, we wanted to share with our grandchildren the resources we used in case they wanted to look them up too. We've created a pdf that you can download here. Click on the icon to go straight to the source, or in the case of our designs, the product page to shop.  This was beautifully designed by Ibrahim of Tasameem, a graphic design platform-based company, specialising in showcasing the creative work of graphic designers in the Middle East, making it easy for clients to discover those designs and easily customize them to fit with their...

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