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."
Khaldiya Tanja is a jewelry and accessories maker, and housewife. Accessory-making attracted her attention from a very young age when she used to visit the markets with her mother and see the jewelry displayed in shops. Since then, the desire to be a jewelry maker herself deepened inside her.
Using a variety of easy-to-use materials available in the market, including colored threads, crochet threads, and wool, Khaldiya creates collars, belts, chains, bracelets, and other distinctive accessory pieces. It takes between one to three hours of continuous work to make one piece.
Although her own perceived weakness in reading and writing has been a big challenge in her life, Khaldiya did not give up, and with the help of those around her, she was able to continue her path. She dreams of owning her own workshop in which she can practice her work, improve her talent and display her unique pieces.