Workshop Community Guidelines

During our Badan workshops, we want to ensure that each student, organizer, volunteer, partner, and host as well as our instructor has the highest quality experience in a safe, welcoming, respectful, and collaborative environment. We’ve laid out some guidelines to help navigate engagement through our workshops with each other and with the precious craft of tatreez.


  • Those mentioned as “instructor” throughout these guidelines refers to Badan Collective (Badan for short) or our Tatreez Instructor, Bayan Fares.
  • Those mentioned as “student” or "students" refers to registered participants attending and participating in class.
  • Those mentioned as “organizer” or “organizers” refers to the organizations, partners, volunteers, speakers, heads of planning committees, or any person involved in the planning, set up, photography, videography, marketing, fundraising, or tear down of the event.
  • That which is mentioned as “workshop” throughout these guidelines is identified as the three hour event where the instructor gives tatreez instruction, Palestinian history lesson, and mechanics demonstration of tatreez. These guidelines apply to any and all workshops held by Badan.

Student Guidelines:

1. Badan workshops are a safe space for all individuals from all walks of life. All participants joining a workhop will uphold common respect, kindness, courtesy, and understanding for each other during the time we are stitching together, the duration of class, and beyond.

2. Students agree to participate in the workshop for the duration of the full three hours unless otherwise mentioned to the instructor or event organizers.

3. Students acknowledge and agree to listen to instruction during the history brief at the beginning of the workshop as well as the demonstration portion where the instructor will walk students step by step through the mechanics of tatreez. Each student acknowledges that there are 30-60 other students in the workshop other than themselves and agree to be courteous of each person's learning pace. This includes having courtesy during the demonstration portion led by the instructor. Even if you are a student who can work ahead, you agree to observe this portion fully and be considerate of other students. After this portion of the workshop is complete and tthe instructor has announced the group is ready to begin stitching, students may stitch, discuss, have community conversations, and leisurely enjoy the hands-on porition of the event with their neighbors and friends.

4. Students will be intentional on their participation with tatreez–a craft that faces constant erasure. Students will work to understand the art and history of this craft as it ties to the Palestinian people, and will support the people as much as they support the art. Students will not appropriate tatreez but rather will learn to appreciate it instead with appropriation and appreciation defined as:

  • Appreciation: 1) Learning and expanding knowledge on tatreez 2) Stitching to preserve the tradition 3) Understanding the history of tatreez 4) Connecting this art to its people 5) Wearing tatreez items while acknowledging its origins 6) Sharing love and passion for tatreez while supporting Palestinian people and Palestinian liberation.
  • Appropriation: 1) Disconnecting this art from its people 2) Claiming tatreez has no Palestinian origins 3) Wearing tatreez and not acknowledging its origins when asked 4) Stitching tatreez artist’s work without their permission 5) Selling a tatreez artist’s designs without their consent 6) Exploiting the culture for profit, which includes using Palestine as a marketing tool.

5. Non-Palestinians attending a workshop will show allyship to the best of their ability to the Palestinian people, their cause, and their liberation.

6. Students will have fun and attend workshops knowing they will be in a safe space, stitch in community, and join a collective movement to preserve the tradition of tatreez!

Failure to abide by one or any of these community guidelines before, during, or after Badan workshops may result in the instructor or event organizers removing students from class and opening their seat up for reservation.

Organizers and Members of Tatreez Community Guidelines:

1. Event organizers agree to inform the instructor of all event plans and program details including but not limited to:

  • Program layout and when prayer times or dinner (if any) is built into the schedule.
  • Panelists or speakers that may be speaking at the workshop(s), where it will fit into the program, and what the speakers intend on sharing during the event.
  • Organizations that will partner and join in the planning process of the workshop. Whether they join in the beginning or are added later on in the planning process, Badan must be notified and their participation is subject to approval.
  • Fundraising that will occur at the workshop(s), which organizations or charities will be fundraised for, and how the funds will be raised at the workshop. These items are all subject to approval and the instructor must be notified of any intetions to fundraise at the workshop before the event is scheduled and advertised. Once the workshop is booked and avdertised, no additional fundraisers are permitted to be added without explicit written permission from Badan or the instructor. Failure to notify will and can result in the cancellation of the event and the organizer or organization will be responsible for covering non-refundable travel fees as well as a 10% fee of the stipend.
  • Merchandise or pop-up shops that will be in presence selling items at the workshop, whether for profit of fundraisng purposes.
  • Any non-profits, businesses, organizations, partners, or local shops that will be explicity promoted during the workshop.
  • Any presentation slides that will be shared during the workshop other than slides prepared by Badan, or any other information of similar caliber. Badan must be notified of what information is being promoted and shared during the workshop prior to the event taking place and it is subject to approval.

2. Remaining or extra tatreez kits at the end of class are considered Badan belongings. They must be returned to the instructor after the completion of the workshop, whether all registered students attend or fail to attend. The remaining kits may not be collected, kept, or passed out by organizers or students without knowledge or permission from the instructor.

3. Independent research shared, presentation slides, instruction sheets inside of kits, and motifs stitched during the workshop may not and are not approved to be disseminated outside of the workshop. This includes but is not limited to redrawing the motifs from the workshop in a cross-stitch application or platform and using them for personal or business purposes. It also includes copying the instruction sheet shared during class and distributing it outside of class. Badan motifs taught in class have been sized for our courses and we do not approve them being disseminated in any capacity without permission. Organizers and students attending may not copy identified items or sheets and disseminate them without explicit written permission from the instructor.

4. Guest tatreez instructors, local tatreez assistants, event organizers, hosts of tatreez circles, owners of online tatreez databases, owners of tatreez Instagram pages, and business owners in attendance may not under any circumstances copy workshop sheets, independent history research, or workshop slides and share publicly or privately for business gain. They may not record long-form videos during the workshop, use an idea shared by the instructor in confidence to pursue on their own, repurpose or copy designs created by Badan, or take a product idea from Badan to replicate, recreate, or redesign on their own for business gain. This statement covers any and all aforementioned actions in these guidelines and actions of similar nature. This all applies even if credit is cited and given to Badan Collective or the instructor, Bayan Fares. Permission to do any of these tasks needs to be requested from the instructor before the workshop begins and permission must be granted in explicit written form. If agreed upon, action taken between both parties will be considered a collaborative effort rather than two separate independent efforts.