ORIENT is a hand embroidered kina Voyage line in collaboration with INAASH organisation – www.inaash.org – that works with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The organization’s objective is to preserve the rich heritage of Palestinian embroidery: for that they have built a team of skilled women that have grown to gain international reputation for prized craftsmanship since the 1960s. The embroidery patterns are ancestral motifs, cross-stitched on canvas with a rich and beautiful combination of colours. These traditional patterns, called “tatreez fallahi”, symbolize attributes of positive beliefs like good health, hope, prosperity and protection. The motifs date as far back as the Canaanites who lived in the area over three thousand years ago, and are derived from sources as diverse as ancient mythology and foreign occupations. Because using the right material for the embroidery is vital, the canvas used is made of cotton from Amman that is loosely woven in grid patterns to keep the stitches neatly aligned and the thread is pure cotton French DMC. To ensure flawless workmanship, the thread tension must be constant throughout the making of each pair of kinas, which is why the same hands embroider a pair from beginning to end.