Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery

The Whitworth, Manchester
24 November 2023 - 7 April 2024
Free to all

Discover the cultural significance and history of Palestinian embroidered dress.

While ancient, embroidery remains a vital cultural symbol in Palestine, having evolved radically over the past 150 years. Material Power explores the rich history and cultural significance of Palestinian embroidered dress, mapping the journey from traditional village craft to its politicisation after 1948, followed by a critical re-interpretation by contemporary artists. Deeply intertwined with Palestine's social, economic, and political landscape, embroidery reflects the region's evolving conditions over shifting circumstances.

This is the first exhibition of Palestinian embroidered dress in the UK in over thirty years, drawing on extensive research and fieldwork in Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan. It has been curated by Rachel Dedman in collaboration with the Whitworth and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.

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The University Of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER
0161 275 7450

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