Kissweh

Kissweh is an embroidery studio based in Los Angeles and Lebanon. In her past work with the United Nations in its humanitarian operations, Kissweh founder Claudia Martinez Mansell lived for extended periods in Kosovo, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan and Yemen. After making a new home in Los Angeles, Claudia was inspired by LA’s creative energy and started Kissweh under the influence of the rich folk art of traditional Palestinian needlework motifs. The brand works with craftswomen living in the refugee camps of Lebanon, giving them the opportunity to earn a fair living from their artisan skills.