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
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
I hope one day I will
be able to have my ow showroom and my own embroidery school, to expose and
teach our tradition.
Tatreez opened for me
a lot of new doors and new opportunities to be able to support
myself and my family.