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"Stitching Palestine," Carol Mansour's latest documentary, takes a close look at the lives, memories and identities of 12 women and their Palestinian life stories, all connected through their varied and personal relationship with Palestinian embroidery.Some of these woman lived through the Palestinian diaspora, while others, who never knew their homeland, still feel a sense of loss just the same.As a young adult, Khaled became involved with the armed resistance to Israel's occupation, hoping that militancy would win back Palestinian land as it had overcome the French occupation of Algeria.It was while working as a freedom fighter that traditional embroidery became an important symbol of Khaled's Palestinian heritage.Traditional Palestinian thobes were usually heavily embroidered with brightly colored geometric patterns. It's a companion piece to 2013's "12 Windows of Palestine" project, an embroidery initiative executed by artisans from the Lebanese NGO Inaash (Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps) and funded by NGO Taawon Lebanon.The project's aim was to create a museum-quality mural, featuring Palestinian embroidery designs inspired by various motifs and styles of Palestine's 12 key regions.Inaash co-founder Malak Abdel-Rahim recollects how embroidery was always part of her life, though she only realized its importance after the Nakba.
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