Embroidery from Palestine: An Instruction Manual

This campaign has ended on 10-08-2018

Campaign by: Sunbula Organization  

Campaign Summary

This instruction manual teaches 16 stitching techniques of Palestinian embroidery, documented from elderly women before disappearing: the popular cross-stitching plus techniques that only a few people use today.


Embroidery is a popular craft in Palestine, but what we know today is a small part of once incredibly rich heritage. While the cross-stitching has been known as ‘the traditional’ Palestinian embroidery, the other more complex stitching techniques – trimming, binding, connecting, patchwork – have become forgotten, and are known only to a handful of elderly women today. Documenting and cataloging them before disappearing was a race against time. Equally important was to make these techniques widely known, so that they will become popular again in today’s handicrafts production. This way, the embroidery, the iconic heritage of Palestine, will be restored to its original, diverse form, and thrive in the hands of creative people in the future.


Palestinian embroidery = more than just the cross-stitch! The manual is a practical aid for embroiderers, and an illuminating book for textile lovers and anyone interested in Palestine and its culture. With your help, we will be able to print and distribute the manual, and hold training workshops!

Our first goal is to print 1000 copies. Once reached, Sunbula will organize distribution and training workshops at women’s groups, community centers and cultural institutions across Palestine. We will teach the 16 stitching techniques to women who support their families through embroidery work, young artists, and designers. Our aim is to stir renewed interest in this authentic heritage by reintroducing and encouraging the use of these techniques.

About Sunbula Organization

Sunbula is a Palestinian fair trade organization established in Jerusalem in 1996. It works in partnership with 23 craft producer groups from across Palestine in marketing their products and developing their capacity. Hundreds of women, refugees, people with disability, members of minority groups and small-scale farmers earn a vital income through Sunbula fair trade stores in Jerusalem and online shop, and benefit from its product development training and capacity-building assistance. A member of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization), Sunbula upholds fair trade principles and practices.

Number of supporters

raised out of $10,000


I loved getting to know the team, and working with them in the lead up to launching my campaign & organizing my thoughts

Shirabe Yamada

General Manager, Sunbula Organization