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."
Kawthar Hasso is a rag-doll maker who graduated from the ٍSyrian Art Institute in Hasakah in the field of fashion design, and her hobbies are drawing and sewing. Kawthar started her career as an artisan by making toys for children that are both adorable and safe. Always challenging herself and pushing her limits, she created an innovative new product making dolls out of socks.
Kawthar uses these dolls to revive and relive stories from her Kurdish heritage, by making the dolls characters from her childhood stories. The soft socks are readily available and stitches are easily hidden. Making one single doll takes Kawthar about 10 hours of continuous work.
Kawthar is always keen to keep trying, no matter how difficult the circumstances and the challenges. In the future, she aspires to develop a wider range of products, and follow her passion in fashion design, her main field of specialization.