Munayyer will Speak at Drew University in Madison NJ
At the invitation of the university program
Munayyers, cofounders of the
Palestinian Heritage Foundation had visited Drew
University in Madison, New Jersey in October,
They met the university President Dr. Vivian Bull along
with two faculty members responsible for the upcoming
exhibit of Palestinian textile and embroidery scheduled
from March 25 through April 24, 2014. Mrs. Hanan
Munayyer will be a guest speaker at the Middle East
Department of the Madison Campus on Thursday April 3,
2014 at 4:00 PM. This presentation will be part of a one
month display of Palestinian embroidery and textile at
the university. The exhibit will commemorate the memory
of the late Drew University Archaeology Professor Dr.
Robert Jehu Bull who passed away during September 2013
at the age of 92. Dr. Bull taught at Drew University for
Loaned Selection of its Collection to Bethlehem Museum
The Palestinian Heritage
Foundation have loaned selections of its pristine large
collection to the newly built Bethlehem
Museum for Heritage and Culture. This
institution is in the process of being completed and is run
by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation. It is
located on the main road in Bethlehem and directly across
the street from the renown Jacer
The exhibits planned for the
museum will concentrate between other things on the active
involvement of Palestinian Arabs in the development of the
region's culture along with other aspects of their society.
Also, the displays will demonstrate and stress how the three
monotheistic religions in the Holy Land coexisted peacefully
in that area since time immemorial.
If all goes well, the museum
will open its doors to the public in late Spring early
Summer of 2014 and the Munayyer Collection will be on
display as part of the opening ceremony. Once dedicated and
opened to the public, the Foundation will notify its friends
all over and
encourage them to visit the site.
Bethlehem Museum for Heritage and
in HCEF Cultural Panel in DC
Saturday, October 19, 2013, Palestinian Heritage Foundation
President and cofounder Mrs. Hanan Munayyer
participated in a cultural panel sponsored by HCEF during a
two day conference held in Washington DC. The panel that
included Ms. Abeer Pelon, PhD and Ms. Malak Khader,
Moderator (see picture below), was entitled
"Empowering women is to empower a whole society"
accomplished women who have distinguished themselves in
cultural, academic, and civic affairs. It highlighted
women’s accomplishments in family life, education,
creativity and innovation, art and culture, to name just a
few. Special attention was paid by the speakers to the
benefits accrued by women empowerment in Palestine.
As part of her presentation,
Mrs. Munayyer explained the central role of Palestinian
women and how they preserved traditional culture through the
making and collection of costumes and how they acted as
historians of what was going on.
Friday, October 18 the Munayyers attended HCEF Banquet held
to honor several personalities who distinguished themselves
as supporters of HCEF or the Palestinian people including
the Archbishop of Washington, His Eminence Cardinal Donald
Wuerl who received the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation
Award and His Excellency Mr. Salam Fayyad former Prime
Minister of Palestine who received the Path of Peace
Award. Both were presented with a special gift made of
the famous Bethlehem mother of pearl.
addition, HCEF presented Cardinal Donald Wuerl with a
special gift, an autographed copy of Hanan's book. In his
thank you letter to HCEF, Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote: "The
other exquisite gift, the book inscribed by the author,
Hanan Karaman Munayyer, entitled Traditional
Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution has already
found a very visible place in my personal library. Thank you
for such a remarkable reflection on the historical and
cultural richness of Palestine that is reflected visually in
its costumes and embroidery. My hope that you will find an
occasion to thank Hanan Karaman Munayyer for this award
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The Palestinian Heritage Foundation is happy to announce
that its project to launch and place the book "Traditional
Palestinian Costume: Origins and Evolution" into
both New Jersey Public Libraries and Middle Eastern
sections of university libraries is gaining momentum and
advancing favorably. The gist of the project was to invite
individuals and organizations of the local Arab community to
participate in supporting the placement of the book that
earned "Book of the Year" Award in the United Sates in one
hundred public libraries or university libraries in New
Jersey and other locations in the US, and in Palestine.
We are happy to report that
The United Holy Land Fund Chapter of New Jersey has
sponsored ten books, that were sent to educational high institutions in Palestine
through the Governor of Ramallah and Al Bireh, Dr. Leila
Selected Library and donors' responses:
"Thank you for the great
service to our Palestinian cause and heritage. I do have a
copy in my house, it is the jewel of my collection.
Suliaman, MD, NJ"
"The book has been added to
the collection in the Art Library. Thank you very much
for your generosity toward the University Libraries – it is
most appreciated. Donations such as yours add a great deal
to the richness and diversity of our collections.
University of Iowa Libraries
"It is a wonderful publication and
I wish to thank you for donating it to Columbia University
Columbia University Libraries"
"It is a beautiful book! I'm
almost afraid to let people use it, but I will figure out a
way! Thank you again.
Greenville College library, IL"
Mrs. Sutherland Donates Syrian
Antique Dress to PHF
Mrs. Carol Sutherland of Bethesda, Maryland has recently
to the Foundation an
antique Syrian embroidered dress from the renown
Sarakeb region of Syria. Mrs. Sutherland who was
living in the Syrian Arab Republic in the mid 1960s has
bought this dress from a Damascus shop before coming to
Jerusalem immediately after the war of 1967. It is worth
noting that Mrs. Sutherland has previously donated to
the Foundation an old Malak Bethlehem
Palestinian dress along with its accompanying
accessories, the Shatweh headdress and the Seven
Costume: Origins and Evolution
book reflects the historical and cultural richness of
Palestine and the Arab world through costumes and
embroidery. It presents the most exhaustive and up-to date
study of the origins of
Palestinian embroidery and costume — from antiquity through
medieval Arab textile arts to the present. Also, it
documents the evolution of costume and the textile arts in
Palestine in the nineteenth and early twentieth century
region by region.
invite you to acquire it for your personal library and to
gift it to family, friends, libraries and educational
Hardcover - 10" x 14" - 560
pages - Over 700 photos - Clam-Shell box
List price - $200
Price through Foundation -
Copies autographed by
the author are available only through the Foundation.
Payable by check to "PHF"
at the address below:
Box 531, West Caldwell, NJ 07007-0531
For shipping and handling
within the continental United States, please add $10 per
book. For more information, contact
reviews on Amazon relative to Hanan's
book Traditional Palestinian
Costume: Origins and Evolution
It's very documented and has great
images. This book is reflecting the history of Palestine on
the motives and the stitches of the dresses. I need the book
for a cultural presentation and I recommend it for any
cultural organizations, churches, and instructors of the
middle east studies or teaching world languages.
Excellent effort in preparing this
valuable book. Very much needed as a reference for anyone
interested in Palestinian art of embroidery.
The book is amazing, more than my expectations.
Every one who likes embroidery will love it. It was
very expensive but it is worth the price.
Reviews and Lectures:
Ibish's review in NOW Lebanon. August 2011
Week in Palestine, Book of the Month.
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Dr. Clovis Maksoud review
in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
Library of Congress