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."
Aya Othman is an outstanding, ambitious accessory and clothes maker. Aya’s exploration of this craft began with her embroidery of a traditional dress for the national Nowruz festival; when the dress was so greatly admired by those around her, she was encouraged to pursue her dreams and turn this hobby into a source of income.
Aya uses beads of all sizes, colors and shapes in addition to different fabrics to make embroidered pieces of beaded clothing, dazzling brooches and hair accessories. Aya spends around five hours making the small pieces, while the dresses take longer and may take several days to complete.
Aya’s young age does not prevent her from continuing and pursuing great ambitions, represented in her aspirations to open her own outlet to sell traditional pieces embroidered with beads and threads, as well as developing her craft to be able to educate and encourage other girls in her community.