tea & thread: portraits of middle eastern women far from home
a collection of stories, recipes, and traditional handicraft projects
by Sally Bathgate and Katrina Flett Gulbrandsen


208 pages, full colour, softbound, [30cm x 23cm x 2cm].
Release date: November 30, 2017
A sample of the book can be downloaded here.


tea & thread: portraits of middle eastern women far from home introduces 17 diverse women from the Middle East. The stories and photographs included offer glimpses into these women's memories of life before war, war-time difficulties, and the uncertainties of being a refugee. The portraits that appear in tea & thread grew out of mutual hospitality among humanitarian workers and women affected by conflicts in the Middle East. Many of the stories come from refugee craft initiatives, where women meet to encourage each other and maintain their resilience in the face of the hardships they have experienced and continue to endure. In collaboration with the authors and other volunteers, the women who share their stories here present an often poignant look at their dramatically altered lives. The collected family recipes and traditional handicrafts invite readers to share the cultural riches that remain in these women's possession.


"Over many cups of tea, despite our differences, the participants in this project have strengthened the thread of our shared humanity. We would like to extend this thread to you, our readers. We hope that these stories will kindle your openness to refugees and new immigrant families in your own communities; that you will be encouraged to take action—to offer hospitality, to listen, to include, and to start new conversations and connections." Katrina Flett Gulbrandsen, co-author.

All of the proceeds from sales of tea & thread will go to further the work of projects supporting refugees in the Middle East.

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