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."
Shinda Mohammad Amin is a young woman who loves science and work, and a craftswoman who has taken on glass painting as a hobby. She found in it a beautiful and simple artform, which she began to practice as a little girl. As a child, Shinda and her friends recycled glass bottles they cleared from the street, and she was inspired to use them for something more creative. From these modest beginnings did Shinda’s passion for decorating glass begin.
Shinda began with designs inspired by her environs, whether from graffiti and drawings on the walls, or designs available on the internet. Little by little, she gained more experience in this field, and as her knowledge on choosing and mixing colors expanded her pieces became more unique.
Shinda uses watercolor, acrylic and oil paints to create her designs, and applies lacquer to complete the polished, smooth exterior on the final products. It takes about 3 hours of continuous work to finish each piece.
Shinda continues on the path to her dream of establishing her own outlet for painted glassware as a stable source of income.