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."
Naranj Sadiq is the proud mother of four children. She was passionate about knitting wool since she was young, learning this craft from her grandmother. Naranj’s natural skill - and proficient teaching - enabled her to produce beautiful gloves from the age of thirteen, and, decades later, Naranj is a highly talented artisan still driven to improve and develop her craft.
With her magical touches, Naranj transforms the colored woolen threads she uses into distinctive pieces for girls, including small bags, hair ties, gloves and other accessories. She also incorporates colorful beads for more uniqueness and originality in her products. She spends long hours of continuous work to put these products in her customers’ hands.
Naranj has overcome her fears and shyness, worked to increase her self-confidence, and believes wholeheartedly that she must preserve the precious legacy left to her by her grandmother.