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."
Safiya is a talented craftswoman who chose crochet as her craft, as it is how she best expresses herself. She recalls that when she was young, she would watch the movement of the knitting needles between her mother’s hands, and now she is older her passion for the craft continues to grow.
Safiya uses many different types of wool and cotton threads in her work, as they are abundantly available in her part of northeast Syria. While some of Safiya’s product designs are inspired by patterns she sources online, many others are the result of her own ideas. The time Safiya takes to produce each piece varies according to its size, but it is no less than two days of continuous hard work.
Safiya balances her passion for crochet with her responsibilities as a housewife and as mother to a young boy. Safiya strives to improve her craft, develop her skills and perfect her designs.