In both 2018 and 2019, OmarJoseph Nasser-Khoury (Palestine, ITP Fellow 2013), returned to the British Museum to take part in an ITP Knowledge Exchange Fellowship based on the documentation and photography of the Palestinian textile collection. Omar was able to bring together many strands of his own skills and experience to the is project. His specialist academic knowledge in this field; his experience as a maker and designer who understands textiles and dress from a hands-on technical point of view; his understanding of the chemistry of colours and composition of constituent materials and his knowledge in this field from his lived experience in Palestine.
In return, we were able to offer OmarJoseph the opportunity to take part in a five-day formal intensive textile training programme (best practice in handling, storage, display and packing). He also received basic training on how to use MuseumIndex+ to document and register the textiles.
This project was funded by the British Council (Occupied Palestinian Territories), the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and the Palestine Exploration Fund.
While at the British Museum in 2019, OmarJoseph, alongside Zeina Klink-Hoppe, Phillis Bishop Curator for the Modern Middle East at the British Museum and Felicity Cobbing, Chief Executive and Curator at the Palestine Exploration Society made this insightful and informative film on the collection and what he’s achieved in his time at the British Museum.