Palestinian Embroidery “TATREEZ”

◆Palestinian Embroidery “TATREEZ”

“Tatreez” refers to “embroidery” in Arabic.
“TATREEZ” encourages all the women who work to support their children and family.
We are currently running the “Empowerment Project for Palestinian Women” in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Since all our embroidery products are handmade, each item differs slightly in terms of their sizes and colors even for the same product.

About Palestinian Embroidery

◆What each stitches mean

Palestinian hand embroidery is one of the traditions in the region whose stitching techniques are passed on from mothers to daughters through generations. Women embroidered wedding and ceremonial garments as well as cushion covers to give colors to their everyday surroundings. Each patterns and motifs have names and meanings, and express such symbols as prosperity, health, happiness and protection against misfortune.

Delicate cross-stitching needlework is also seen on Palestinian traditional costumes, embroidered on collar, chest, sleeves and the lower edge of the dress. In the old days, simple patterns were embroidered with color threads on hand woven linen and cottons. Since the 19th century onwards, patterns, colors and materials became more refined and sophisticated with the influence of foreign cultures. It takes a great effort and time for women to produce each stitches, and each piece is different from others in terms of its combinations of colors and patterns.

Traditional motifs express things that exists in our surrounding such as flowers and trees, stars and the moon. Cedar that grows along the Mediterranean coast is one of the common motifs. The same motif can also differ slightly from region to region, and it is said that the embroideries on women’s dresses can tell which town they are from.

Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are generally made up of people who are originally from Northern Palestine such as the Galilee and the coastal areas. Delicate motifs and light color threads are the characteristics of their embroidery. Gaza is adjacent to the Sinai Peninsula that joins the African continent, and desert nomads of Bedouin traditionally inhabited on its land. The vivid colored embroideries produced in the “Atfaluna workshop” reflect such climate as the background.

Women stitching hand embroidery


◆Empowering women and people with hearing disability

Palestinian embroideries are produced by women. They are proud of preserving this beautiful Palestinian tradition, and always talk about embroidery with passion.
Many families have lost male members due to recurring wars, and lack of employment have caused unstable income even when the husband is present. It is not an easy task for women with no special skills to earn a living while taking care of their children. Embroidery handwork allows women to work at home in their flexible hours and it has been an important source of income for the women and their family.

◆About CCP

NPO CCP which runs “TATREEZ” has been working since 1986 in collaboration with the local organizations to support children, women and people with disability in Palestine. The aim of the project is to support the life of children and their family so the child can grow up in a health environment, and to promote self-reliance and independence for people with disability. Its goal is also to support the people of Palestine who wish to achieve their life without a reliance on aid.
For details, please visit our website:http://ccp-ngo.jp/

Support of children of Palestine

◆Sales of embroidery products support the life of refugees and people with disability

You can support the local women and people with disability by purchasing Palestinian embroidery products. One-fourth of the sales becomes the women’s income. Others are used for material costs, embroidery project operating costs, transport and shipping costs, import tax and sales expenses.