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."
Hindia Fateh Allah Ismail is a passionate accessory maker, with a bachelor's degree in Economics from Damascus University. She has loved everything that is handmade since she was little. When she grew up, challenging circumstances led her to make a lot of things for her home and children, which honed her talent and improved her skills.
Hindia makes various types of accessories embroidered with silk threads, into which she also incorporates beads. She usually chooses round beads of different sizes with large holes, facilitating her use of silk threads.
Despite the difficulties facing Hindia and standing in the way of her development in this craft, such as the challenge of obtaining raw materials, or having to travel to another city to obtain them, Hindia remains undeterred and continues her hard work and perseverance. She has retained and is striving toward her ambition to become a successful craftswoman in the accessory-making field.