Beirut, 12/06/2012, Under the Patronage of the Ministry of Social Affairs, represented by Mr. Hafez BouLteif, Director of the Ministry’s project for Preserving and Developing Lebanese Handcraft Art, Archbishop KeghamKhatcherian, Prelate of Armenians in Lebanon, University President, Rev. Paul Haidostian, and a big crowd of audience, opened the Armenian Embroidery Exhibition at the Matossian Gallery of Haigazian University.
Haigazian University Art Center took pride in cooperating with the Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon (ARCL) to present this unique exhibition in appreciation of the ARCL’s unwavering efforts to preserve and revive the traditional art of embroidery, as a major step in preserving the Armenian national Heritage, as was noted in the opening speech of the University’s PR Director, Mira Yardemian.
To satisfy the various tastes of the audience a big variety of items were on display, such as tablecloths, runners, cushions, trays, tea and jewelry boxes, covering a vast array of Armenian stitches of the cities of Marash, Ainteb, Sivaz, Urfa, Van, in additional to European stitches of Richelieu, Milan, Englisg Lace and others.
It is worth noting that Armenian needlework is practiced throughout the world by individuals in the privacy of their homes. It is in Beirut alone that an organized workshop exists, established and run by the Armenian Relief Cross. Since its inception in 1976, the workshop not only has become a permanent source of income to economically insecure women, but also for the Armenian Relief Cross as an organization, thus transforming what had begun as a pastime into a full scale industry.
The exhibition will stay on display till Saturday 16 June, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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