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There are nu­mer­ous women and as­so­ci­a­tions keep­ing the art of em­broi­dery alive around Le­banon from Douma to Zouk Mikhael, from North to South. Here are just a few of them

The work­shop of Mona Doumit (03 652483) in­cludes a net­work of more than 20 women who work from home. Over the last 40 years she’s built a solid rep­u­ta­tion for her table­cloths and cush­ion cov­ers. She cus­tom­izes spe­cial de­signs to or­der for in­di­vid­u­als and for de­sign­ers.

The hand­i­craft of May Joum­blat’s work­shop (03 334401) is a fine ex­am­ple of em­broi­dery work from the Chouf re­gion. Once sit­u­ated in Saifi Vil­lage, the del­i­cate work is now avail­able by or­der.

Leyli Saad (04 712448) has ded­i­cated her life to keep­ing em­broi­dery alive and to of­fer work to women. The work­shop pro­duces di­verse em­broi­dery pieces high­light­ing each of the woman’s spe­cial­ties. She is renowned for her em­broi­dered or­gandy table­cloth. Cur­rently Saad works on de­mand.

Since it was founded in the 1960s INAASH ( 01 740609, inaash.org, Bik­hazi and Charif Bldg, Si­dani Street, Ras Beirut) al­most 10,000 Pales­tinian women have been trained in pre­serv­ing the her­itage of Pales­tinian em­broi­dery and al­most three mil­lion pieces of hand­i­work have been made.

The as­so­ci­a­tion Bas­meh wa Zeitooneh (bas­me­hzeitooneh) helps the em­broi­dery work of Syr­ian refugee women to reach cus­tomers and for them to gain their own fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence.

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