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."
Hamdiya Darwish is a craftswoman in the field of crochet weaving, and a dedicated housewife. She learned her craft from her mother when she was ten years old, and would watch her work closely until she was able to crochet pieces herself from the age of thirteen. Since she was not in school at the time, Hamdiya spent most of her time crocheting, which contributed to refining and developing her skills from an early age.
Hamdiya uses colored wool yarn and a hook to make various products including prayer rugs, wall hangings and bags. She is keen to produce high quality pieces with unique designs which are useful and practical at the same time.
Despite the difficulties that Hamdiya faced, whether on a personal level such as caring for her husband who has a disability, or professional level such as packaging and marketing products for sales online, she did not give up. Today she is aiming for more success and trying to emulate her mother, who remains her role model and the epitome of a hard worker.