RIP Dr. Adel H Yahya

Yesterday I lost a great friend, Dr. Adel H Yahya, the Director of the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange…  See more on my Facebook page by clicking on Folk Art Mavens below

Posted by Folk Art Mavens on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New embroidery shipment!

Folk Art Mavens received a new shipment of embroidered bibs, potholders, and clerical stoles from Surif Women’s Cooperative, near Hebron.  We are proud to offer these items which are embroidered on hand-woven cotton.  Check out our entire selection of items from Surif here.  And keep your eyes on this producer.  Soon we will receive infants’ bibs and aprons as well!

Help Inaash in Lebanon Teach 15 Traditional Embroidery Stitches

Inaash Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps provides some of the finest traditional Palestinian embroidery around.  They have been in existence since 1969 and are the main source of income for 450 Palestinian women in the refugee camps of Lebanon.  For more information on Inaash, look here: http://www.folkartmavens.com/inaash-association-for-the-development-of-palestinian-camps/

I am so very happy to see that Inaash is recovering more of the beautiful, traditional embroidery stitches.  Some of the stitches they will be teaching in Lebanon include stitches from the Bethlehem area that have become harder to find recently as many of the women who knew these stitches have passed away.

For those who love to see the continuation of this beautiful work, here is a great opportunity for you to support it.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/palestinian-embroidery-workshop-fifteen-stitches#description

New Items: Atfaluna Embroidery and Hebron Glass

Hand-Blown Phoenician Glass from Hebron

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These are just a few of our large pieces. Click to see our entire collection.

Hebron Glass and Ceramics continues to make new and exciting hand-blown glass items.  Folk Art Mavens received an order of Phoenician Glass in February.  New colors and new items, but all on recycled glass, as usual!  In the past Folk Art Mavens carried only Phoenician glass items with a base of amber glass, there are new items in the inventory with a base of green glass.  Take a look at the collection to see the difference.

Palestinian Embroidery from Gaza

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Traditional Palestinian embroidered hand bags, clutches, and evening bags. Click to see more!

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza continues to struggle because of the blockade imposed upon Gaza. They struggle to get materials in and finished embroidery out of Gaza.  They are dependent on getting permits for shippers to move the products through the Erez crossing into Israel for shipment worldwide.

Folk Art Mavens was fortunate enough to receive a large order of Palestinian embroidery from Atfaluna in late December – too late for the Christmas shopping season.  For the first time in years, Christmas stockings were in this order.  It’s never too early in the year to purchase these hard to find items.

Brand New Website for Folk Art Mavens!

Hello and welcome!  There are a lot of changes going on with Folk Art Mavens.  First of all we have a beautiful brand new website!  While it might take a little getting used to, the products that you’ve come to know are still here, with more to come.  Our second big piece of news is that we’re moving to California!  While this is very exciting news, we are sad to be leaving Concord, Massachusetts after so many years.  The move will require us to shut down for the month of August in order for us to get set up and settled in our new home.  We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, but we will be back up and running as soon as possible.  We look forward to greeting you in California!