Embroidery (tatriz) and Syrian refugees: Exploring loss and hope through storytelling

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Canada is now home to at least 44,615 Syrian refugees. Of these refugees, four out of five are women and children. There is a clear need for an increase in mental health resources, resource accessibility, and social connection for Syrian refugees. This paper describes a Syrian refugee women’s embroidery program that provided both an accessible art therapy group and a way for the participants to process feelings of hope and loss. Postgroup questionnaires indicated that the women experienced a sense of pride and mastery over their completed artwork, built new friendships and community, and felt connected to their homeland through the embroidery. One-on-one interviews were held to collect the participants’ stories. The participants’ artwork and stories are summarized in this paper, and the stories are available in full as supplementary material.

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Hanania, A. (2020). Embroidery (tatriz) and Syrian refugees: Exploring loss and hope through storytelling. Canadian journal of art therapy, 33(2), 62-69.

About This Study:

Outcome(s): Loss
Intervention(s): Embroidery
Intervention Duration: 12 Weeks
Relevant ORR Program: Not applicable
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Paid
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Population(s): Refugees
Gender(s) of Participants: All
Age(s) of Participants: Multiple Age Groups
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Middle East

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