As part of our vision to support and expand the participation of women in craft and development projects, the Bahrain Young Ladies Association (BYLA), to meet the requirements of women and families, adopted the Nasaej for traditional embroideries project in January 2002 in association with the Craft Centre.

The project is viewed as the fruitful result of the partnership between the Craft Centre and the government represented by the Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development (formerly Ministry of Labour and Social Affair). The BYLA assigned Sakina Al Qafas to be the artistic and administrative supervisor of the project to train women in the craft.

The BYLA contribution continues in the revival of this craft and in its efforts to market the project's products locally and abroad through participation in exhibitions, festivals and events such as the Garden Show, Aviation Expo, Productive Families Exhibition, ‘Made in Bahrain’ Exhibition and celebrations at private and public schools. The project accepts orders from individuals as well as organisations. This has made it a special project that receives care and appreciation from those interested in crafts and handmade products.

The Nasaej project reflects the dedication of the civic sector to contribute in the development process through the empowerment of women and to enable them to practise a profession which was otherwise on the verge of disappearance. It also highlights their role throughout history, since they practised the craft for hundreds of years, and in reviving it to make international-level products.

Bahraini women have been famous for their skill in embroidery and have mastered many designs over a long period, reflecting our history and heritage. Among the designs women mastered in the first stage were "Al Daqa", "Al Dala", "Al Esafa", "Al Naftha", "Chain", "Al Qurqumana", "Al Teech, "Al Laf", "Al Kaslan" and "The Horse's Teeth".

These designs have been used to embroider the dresses for women and children as well as new-born babies to mark the celebration of their arrival. Each type of dress had its own special embroidery and the quality of the cloth and the raw material for embroidery depended on the social and financial standing of individuals. In the future, the project will focus on making bed sheets and covers.