TISH Festival: Picking Up the Threads – an embroidery workshop

Tambotek z naciągniętym płótnem, na którym wyhaftowana jest chałka w kolorach tęczy i napis: blisko. Obok, po lewej stronie leżą kolorowe nici
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

Challas baked for Shabbat, Hanukkah latkes, gefilte fish for Pesach—all these used to be staple food in hundreds of thousands of houses all across pre-war Poland.

Some dishes remain an integral part of Polish daily menu: we all remember holishkes (stuffed cabbage) which our grandmas used to serve us, or pancakes with cottage cheese which are nothing else but Jewish blintzes. During Picking Up the Threads workshop with Aleksandra Michno from the Zaradne [Resourceful Women] group, we will embroider symbols and names of Jewish dishes in both Polish and Yiddish in order to help Jewish food restore its lost place at the Polish table.

The embroidery will decorate a 2-metre long tablecloth, in reference to social distancing required during the pandemic. Have you ever held a needle in your hand? If not, it’s never too late! We invite people who are well-skilled in using an embroidery hoop as well as those who wish to begin their adventure with needlework.

The embroidered tablecloth will adorn the table in the POLIN Museum sukkah on Friday evening, the first day of the Sukkot holiday.