Bourj al Shamali
I am from Haifa, a city in Palestine. I was born in 1959 in Bourg Al Shamali, Lebanon. I have seven children. My eldest son is doing his masters in Arabic literature now. I have a very good relationship with all my children. In 1975 someone offered me a job in embroidery and I got paid for the first time. I felt like I was on the edge of glory. I went home and I shouted “I got paid!”.
I remember that I went to my brothers and that I said: “Go and buy whatever you want”.I taught embroidery to all my daughters. I didn’t want to keep this precious art for myself. Tatreez Design is a family which I belong to. We literally spend time with each other more than we spend time with our families. Tatreez Design is a shelter for all the vulnerable women. We started from nothing.
My name is Montaha
El-Siddik, Somaya’s little sister, I am 36 years old, I live with my husband
and 7 kids in burj al Shamali camp, I am from saasaa Haifa Palestine.
Some of my kids are working they finished school, the girls are married and three are in school still. Having said that I barely find any spare time for myself, I have to support my husband who had an accident few years ago and he cannot work.
Tatreez has helped me
a lot with being able to stand up on my feet and supporting my products. It
also made me meet new people which I call friends. I learned sewing and
embroidery from Somaya who always not have been just a sister but also like a
second mom. She taught me each stitch how it’s done and what it means to carry
and be part of our Palestinian routs and traditions.
Tatreez opened a door to selling our products not just to our friends or people we knew but also worldwide, and that made me stronger and made me believe in myself more.
My name is Itaf Youssef Suleiman, I am a 40 years old Palestinian married woman, I live in Burj al Shamali Camp and originally I come from El-Houl District from Al-Koura Al-Sabaa’.
I taught myself embroidery when it first caught my eye in school when older girls used to do it. I kept peeking at how each stitch is made until they started giving me simple things to try and train on, like a simple line then a zigzag then a flower and so on! After that I started getting books and started to learn more until I was attending embroidery and sewing workshops.
I spend most of my free time doing things with my hands I love handicrafts and I also teach kids embroidery, I love seeing the tradition of my country passed on to new generations to keep it alive. This is what I love about embroidery, it kept us in touch with our Palestinian Tradition and made us learn more and pass it on.
Tatreez opened for me a lot of new doors and new opportunities to be able to support myself and my family and help as much as possible, I met a lot of new girls that I can call friends now, and it offered a place for us to socialize and meet and get to know people who live in a different parts of Lebanon but share a lot of common points.
I hope one day I will be able to have my ow showroom and my own embroidery school, to expose and teach our tradition.
My name is Maysam
Ragheb Abd El-Hadi, I am a 30 year old Palestinian singe woman living in burj
al Shamali camp in Lebanon, originally from Naame Safad in Palestine.
I spend most of my pass time on the internet and embroidery, I love making things with my hands, handcrafts and walking on the beach are my two favorite things as long as reading Novels in Arabic.
Somaya taught me the embroidery and ever since I fell more in love with it, I felt that I have another kind of connection to my country’s tradition and that even that I am not living in Palestine I somehow have a connection with it and I am a part of it.
Tatreez offered me this opportunity and ofcours I met new people and learned a lot from them. I also have new friends coming from different parts of Lebanon that I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for all the workshops and the centre where we come to create and work on our products. It also opened a door for me to be able to work and have a financial support and mostly appreciation and respect to us and to the work we do and this really gives you a boost of energy and pushes u to carry on!
I would want to have one day a showroom to showcase my work spreading the tradition of Palestine.
My name Amnah Maha I am 26 years old from Palestine but I live in Burj al Shamali Refugee camp in South Lebanon.
I learned Embroidery with the Tatreez project here in the center, and I fell in love with the art behind it, the colors and patterns which each represents a certain area in Palestine and a certain event, also you can create a piece of art out of nothing at all. I spend most of my free time with making new products or cooking, I also love to cook.
Tatreez has offered me a job and a good financial support, I met new friends and I hope it this project will have more success.
My name is Feirouz, I am 21 years old from Safouri Palestine, I live
in Burj al Shamali refugee camp in South Lebanon. I am married with 3 kids who
are still in school.
I learned embroidery with the Tatreez project here in the center, it attracted me first because it is our tradition and it feels good to play a role in spreading it in the world even if it is a small part, it makes me feel like I am an artist.
On the other hand tatreez is offering a financial support that I needed while living here in the camp and I met new people that I call now friends, we come and we socialize while working on the products and we learn more.
I barely find any free time but when I do I like to cook it is one of my hobbies.