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."
Khansa Hajji Ezzo is a craftswoman in the field of wool knitting, and a mother of four children. Since childhood, Khansa has been fascinated by weaving and wool knitting, until it became a well-developed hobby. Today Khansa continues to develop her products despite the difficult living conditions in her country, Syria.
For Khansa, wool knitting is not just a consumer trade, but rather an artistic craft that requires a lot of passion, love and mastery. She chooses woolen threads and yarns of the highest quality, and spends long hours knitting beautiful sweaters and dresses for kids as well as caps and scarves.
Despite some difficulties that Khansa faces in pursuit of her craft, whether the difficult conditions in the country, or the techniques of staying up-to-date and knitting modern patterns, she does not give up. She gives her all to learn and gain knowledge on how to make new modern products. Today, Khansa is aiming to develop her products even more and expand her reach in the market.