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."
Sawsan Kassab holds a diploma in electrical engineering and is also a talented crochet artisan. She started learning her craft when she was 12 years old, inspired by her mother’s beautiful hand-made clothes created for Sawsan and her brothers.
When she began, Sawsan focused her creative energy on designing and crocheting mobile phone cases, but soon responded to changing market trends by shifting her designs to weaving shawls and scarves. Her products are produced in various sizes to suit different age groups of women, each one taking 6-8 hours to produce, using wool of all kinds and colors.
Despite the challenges in adapting her designs to changing trends, Sawsan perseveres and continues to work with passion and love. Her ambition is to establish her own project in the field of crochet and expand it to include products other than scarves, such as bedclothes, table covers, baby blankets, socks, and baby clothes.