Origins of Traditional Palestinian Costume and Embroidery: A Talk by Hanan Karaman Munayyer

OCT 03, 2012 | 6:30 AM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




October 03, 2012: 6:30 AM-8:30 PM





Special attention will be given to patterns and specific styles of historical importance, and to the influence of Arab textile arts and costume on medieval European costume and embroidery, as specified in Western sources. High resolution photography of some of the embroideries will accompany the lecture.

Hanan K. Munayyer is a molecular biologist who worked for three decades in pharmaceutical research. She is president and co-founded, with her husband Farah, the Palestinian Heritage Foundation, twenty-five years ago, to preserve and exhibit their comprehensive collection of Palestinian costumes, jewelry, and other artifiacts. It is one of the largest in the world. For twenty-five years, she has researched the origins of textile arts in the Arab world, and their relation to Palestinian costume and embroidery, and has lectured on the subject at numerous universities and museums. She has also designed and curated numerous exhibits of Palestinian costume collection in museums. She is the author of the book Traditional Palestinian Costume, published in 2011.