With the aim of supporting Syrian women artisans, Souq Fann, in collaboration with Syria Livelihoods Program (SLP), funded by USAID, trained and mentored women artisans in Malikiyah City in Northeast Syria.
Through the training, these women produced intricate designs through which they were able to create a path to a sustainable income and improved livelihoods conditions.
These products are a reflection of the hard work and dedication that these women artisans have put into their craft, although they were faced with many challenges including not having money to buy materials or equipment, combined with the horrors of the conflict, they have endured, preserved, and made sure that they reflected that in their products. Out of those ambitions, the "Syrian Touches" brand was born to be a mark of resilience and perseverance of these women.
Through Syrian Touches, we present you with handicrafts made by Syrian women who have turned their hardships into opportunities and their tribulations into triumphs."
Aisha Hajji is a trained potter, who learned her craft through study, training and private workshops.
Aisha’s work includes decorating a range of pottery products, engraving, tracing, and coloring using the appropriate pigments, and finally adding lacquer to stabilize the color and give it a glossy appearance. It takes Aisha one to three days to work on one piece.
Aisha has, with focus and dedication, successfully made the jump from creative hobby to self-sustaining profession, broadening her skillset to include marketing, packaging and management. These new skills have allowed her to break away from her earlier shyness and express her ideas freely in front of an audience, and thus she has grown to become an artist who, with great passion, conveys a message that life must go on despite its challenges.
Today, Aisha’s dream is to own her own art studio where she can draw and paint freely, and display her work in international exhibitions and forums.