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Serene Husseini Shahid

Preserver of Palestinian Cultural Heritage

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine​​.

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Serene Husseini Shahid is celebrated for her dedication to preserving Palestinian heritage, particularly through the art of embroidery. She played a crucial role in promoting Palestinian culture and heritage, both through her own work and by educating others, especially women and children in Palestinian refugee camps.

Brief bio

Serene Husseini Shahid was a distinguished Palestinian embroiderer, who contributed significantly to the preservation and promotion of Palestinian heritage. Born into an influential family, she was deeply invested in her cultural roots and worked tirelessly to support Palestinian women through various initiatives.

Major Milestones


  • Born in Jerusalem (1920): Born into a prominent family, with connections to key historical figures in Palestine​​...See More

  • Marriage and Move to Beirut (1944): Married Munib Shahid and settled in Beirut, where she continued her work in cultural preservation​​.

  • Foundation of Inaash (1969): Co-founded the Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps (Inaash) to support Palestinian refugees and preserve traditional embroidery​​.

  • Exhibition at the Museum of Mankind (1991): Arranged an exhibition of Palestinian embroidery at the Museum of Mankind, part of the British Museum​​.

  • Publication of Autobiography (2000): Published her critically acclaimed autobiography, 'Jerusalem Memories'​​.

  • Preservation of Palestinian Embroidery: Conducted workshops and projects to preserve traditional Palestinian embroidery​​.

  • Support for Palestinian Women: Worked on empowering Palestinian women through cottage industries and embroidery projects​​.

  • Cultural Advocacy: Actively opposed cultural appropriation and educated others about Palestinian heritage​​.

  • Organizing Exhibitions: Arranged exhibitions to showcase Palestinian culture and heritage internationally​​.

  • Documentation and Education: Wrote about Palestinian costumes and embroidery, contributing to the cultural education and preservation​.

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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