History Of Inaash
The revival of Palestinian
embroidery appears on the surface to be a small matter in comparison with other gigantic efforts for the emancipation of the Palestinian
people. But the important criterion of its worth and influence is the spirit - the consciousness and conscience - which impels the laborers in its field and the movement for its revival and its adoption both among Palestinians
and other Arabs, and throughout the world.
Constantine Zurayk, The Revival of Palestinian Traditional Heritage Inaash Publication.
Inaash, the Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps, was founded in the late 1960s by a group of Lebanese and Palestinian women who foresaw the need to preserve the rich heritage of Palestinian embroidery, and simultaneously provide financial support for destitute refugee families in camps in Lebanon.
The first embroidery workshop opened in Shatila Camp in 1968; followed by a second, with a kindergarten and dispensary, in 1974.
Since that time almost 10,000 women have been trained; they have produced close to three million pieces of handiwork.
By achieving a delicate balance between traditional and modern, Inaash products have not only helped conserve an iconic
craft, they have also sustained many families over decades.
With its international reputation for prized craftsmanship, the Inaash inventory includes dresses, jackets, and scarves worn by discerning women in Europe, the United States, and throughout the Arab world.Similarly, Inaash's much sought-after cushions and household items grace homes across the globe.
Recognized as the foremost producer of high quality Palestinian embroidery, Inaash continues to develop captivating items highlighting Palestinian culture. Today, in partnership with cutting edge Lebanese and Palestinian designers, Inaash has embarked on a new era in design and marketing, to take the accomplishments of previous decades to new heights and ensure the continuity of Palestinian craftsmanship for years to come.