Ein El Helweh
I am Faten Miari, General Coordinator And a trainer in the embroidery association. I am from the town of Al-Zeeb, the district of Acre, Palestine. I was born in Ain al-Hilweh, Lebanon. I am 55 years old and have four children, two boys and two girls. I rarely find time for myself because I'm always busy, but I do spend Sundays with my family. I love reading, especially crime stories. My story started with embroidery when I was 10 years old. I was visiting our neighbors who taught me this art. I love how Design embroidery helps vulnerable women in Lebanon. Now, they are independent. They have jobs and feel free to make life decisions for themselves without their siblings controlling them, especially their brothers.
My name is Latifa el-Asadi, I am a 26 years old Palestinian girl, originally from Der Asadi, Living in Ein el Helwe refugee camp in Saida.
I spend my spare time doing some sports and I walk a lot, if I’m
done with that I sit and do a lot of embroidery to improve myself, it also
teaches me patience, I love it, I love the fact that it clears my mind and I
feel I finished something artistic when I am done.
I learned it here with tatreez and the tatreez team, which is an awesome family, all the women are lovely and I now can support my family financially, makes me feel important even if I am one of the youngest,
I feel I have a role, and I am a part of something so nice and
powerful at the same time, not to mention that it is our pride, the Palestinian
My name is Najah Kamal al-Fares, I am 54 years old Palestinian woman, I live with my husband and 5 kids in Ein el Helwe refugee camp, but originally I am from Zeeb in Palestine. My kids work in many different domains like accounting, construction, training, one girl stays at home with me. One of my main hobbies is embroidery, that’s why I picked it as a career, my sister introduced me to it when I was little and it’s been with me ever since, it’s a type of meditation, opens a window away from your troubles and when I am working on it I forget everything else!Tatreez made me expand, I feel like I can grow with all the support it is offering. Somehow it made me feel important and I have a place to go to work and practice my skills with all these new friends I made. I hope one day I will be able to be independent and have my own showroom and designs.
My name is Basma Natour, I am 50 years old Palestinian from Akka el Asmariyeh, living with my husband and 5 kids in ein el helwe refugee camp, my boys graduated and work now with electricity, Aluminium, one of them is a photographer and the girl still goes to school.
I barely find any spare time in my day but if I do I like to spend it doing any of the sweet things I like, like reading and walking and mostly drawing.
I learned embroidery from my older sisters, it runs in my family, my gramma used to do it so well she was a true artist. I love that it is so creative and teaches you patience, it’s like meditation, a nice state of mind it puts u in as you need to be super careful with every stich.
I love tatreez because it gave me room to socialize and meet new
people, also to be able to support my family and help financially as well, it
gave me room to grow.
My name is Amal Aref Chabayta, I am 45 years old Palestinian woman
from Hettin, I live in the ein el helweh refugee camp in Saida.
I spend most of my spear time with my family, we own a little shop here and I help them around with it, I love swimming but haven’t had the time or the ability to learn, I would like to try it one day and maybe get someone who can teach me swimming.
My aunties thought me embroidery, started with simple things like
lines and then geometrical shapes, and slowly I fell in love with it, it is
first of all our tradition, and we are proud of our roots, and secondly, what’s
not to like about it? It is a vast domain, it’s art!
Tatreez offered me support and confidence when it opened the door to our products to be known world wide, also meeting new people that quickly became friends, it expands your brain when you go from home to the center to work with these lovely faces!
My name is Souha Dowali, I am 38 Years old and I live in Ein el helwe camp with my husband and 3 little girls that still go to school, I am originally from Khalsa in Palestine. I spend my spear time, if I manage to find any, doing embroidery, my mom taught me at home from a young age, she was so passionate about it and about keeping the tradition alive. I really love the Palestinian embroidery, it is so vivid and so wide and leaves you room to have your own creations with it I love singing and long walks in nature.
Tatreez offered a new family that is different than your biological one, I feel I have two families, everyone is so kind and beautiful here, and we help each other with work and daily life, which really feels nice. I hope one day I will be able to open my own teaching school to teach kids and adults this beautiful art
My name is Kifah Kurdiyeh, I am 47 years old Palestinian woman
living in ein el helwe camp but originally I am from Safsaf Palestine.
In my spear time I usually do some personal embroidery projects, and I go for walks a lot.
I learned embroidery from school and training classes at first then I kept improving by myself with more practice until I joined tatreez, which offered me a home for my talents and skills.
I feel like I belong here somehow with all the beautiful ladies and now I can support myself financially as well. i love everything about the Palestinian embroidery, what’s not to love? It is full of colors, patterns, messages, it’s an amazing art!
I hope one day I will be known, for being part of this art and tradition keeping it alive for generations to come.
My name is Rima Mohamad Rifai, I am 46 years old originally from Taytaba Palestine, but I live with my husband and 5 kids in ein el helwe refugee camp, close to my parent’s house, two girls graduated from school and now are married, two of my boys are chefs and the little one still goes to school.
With such a big family I barely find any spear time to practice my
hobbies so I usually finish up with the house chores and then do my embroidery
and sometimes I draw.
I taught myself embroidery based on books and a little help from my
mom, then it became an addiction, I loved everything about it.
I am enjoying being a part of tatreez, I feel I am someone who is active socially and I am a part of something nice. I hope I will be able to help expand the Palestinian tradition more.
I am 42 years old Palestinian woman, I live in Ein el Helwe camp but
I am originally from Jafa in Palestine.
I spend most of my free time with the family and visits to our relatives and family friends, sometimes I get the time to go for long walks by the sea to breath some fresh air and sew.
I learned embroidery from a young age when I used to see my neighbors doing it, I loved everything about it, the colors and the patterns really caught my eye, then I got to know it more and more and I fell in love with it, all of it, each pattern comes from a different area in Palestine, each color means something, a message to the public and most of all it’s our tradition!
Since I joined Tatreez I am more confident, it introduced our work to people from all over the world, and it feels really good when they like it, it feels like you matter. Not to forget all the support and the new opportunities it opened for me, and the new friends I have now.
I hope one day I will be able to open a embroidery teaching school, to pass the tradition on and keep it alive!
My name is Soubhiyeh Krayem, I am 59 years old, originally I am from
Safouri Palestine and I am living in ein el helwe camp in Saida. I have 9 kids
they’re all married, one lives in Sweden and one in Scotland.
At my age my hobbies are going for a nice calm long walk by the sea and get a bit of fresh air and sun.
I learned embroidery exactly 40 years ago, I was only 16 when my neighbors taught me the simple things like little lines and simple shapes,
I started to see the beauty behind the colors and patterns, I loved
it even more since it is one of the traditions of our beloved Palestine, and it
is my pride to be a part of it and know it and do it and teach it and spread
it. It is a very creative art!
I love tatreez because it opened new doors for me and for all these
lovely women to be part of something that belongs to Palestine and so
beautiful, supported us and made us grow, showing the world who we really are
and how beautiful our work can be.