Artistic Hand Crafts  by great Syrian Women

Samia Al sayed
Posted September 26, 2019 from Syrian Arab Republic
Creative Syrian women in a recycling session
Razan Kayal in front of one of her marvelous Quilting work
Razan Kayal in front of one of her marvelous Quilting work (1/4)

    When women survive the crisis and make a grant, they produce a creative work that tells a lot of stories of challenge, ability and creativity. I hope you will find the fun, useful and lessons of these stories as well as to learn about these wonderful arts:

As an example of the creations of Syrian women, I chose a group of ladies ,they have started a project called "thread and needle" in 2015 , an old handcraft art that our old grandmothers used. This craft is a reuse of old clothes and fabrics like recycling. This craft was taught to women of different ages and living standards , They brought her love of creativity and challenged the difficulties they  experienced during the crisis.

Then when women mastered this craft they began to make artistic things such as bed Linen , table cloths, cushions, clutches ,bags  and many things for the kitchen.

1- I met one of these great ladies and she started telling me her story :

I am Razan Kilani ,

I am  an artist and a teacher at the University of Damascus. I never held a needle or thread , but it was my love for teamwork that led me to take part in a training course to recycle the old cloth using the handmade skills and creative touches inside me .All that with a needle and thread only.

I made my first cover bed with love and patience  .Each piece of cloth I used has its hidden story. This piece from my son's clothes and the other from my husband's clothes.

The first piece has been sold .That make me attend some local bazaars then I started training another women in Damascus.

My needle and thread group has added a lot to my personality .it has taught me patience, fun of teamwork and, show  the beauty of our old Syrian heritage handcrafts .

Our goal is to revive this craft to be an economic support for women as it does not require many materials and is easy to learn

 

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2- My own story as Samia Al sayed,

Syrian women have become the sole breadwinners of their families; we had to learn new skills and opened small workshops, private businesses while some worked from their homes. A big example is our small business enterprise for women- Sinnaraty- kindly visit : www.facebook.com/sinnaraty ,for more information.

Sinnaraty is a work group of some marginalized, physically challenged, and poor women. We try to benefit from local resources to make money by doing joint ventures to generate finance by doing Syrian heritage handicrafts like: knitting wool , crocheting, sewing and all Works of art that don’t necessarily require lot of money to start up. We attend local Bazaars and sell our products online.

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Anita Shrestha
Sep 26
Sep 26

Dear Samia
Nice sharing to us. Which could replicate in our country also. keep it sharing other work too. Best of luck for success in the future .

Samia Al sayed
Sep 26
Sep 26

Thank you my dear

Lisbeth
Sep 26
Sep 26

Hi Samia,
It was very great to hear about the efforts women in your land are putting in to build successful marriages. I loved this observation of yours

"Syrian women have become the sole breadwinners of their families; we had to learn new skills and opened small workshops, private businesses while some worked from their homes".

That is splendid! I hope you are doing good?
Warm greetings

Hello, Samia,

Wow! This is such an inspiring post!:) You’re right women are naturally creative and resourceful. I’m drawn to crafts, too, but I put them off for now because of my toddler. It’s a great idea of livelihood for women.

I’m curious, though, when you wrote Syrian women have become the sole breadwinners of their families. What do the men do?

Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories. Congrats to all of you!

Jill Langhus
Sep 27
Sep 27

Hi Samia,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your lovely and inspiring photos and testimonials for your group. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your group and also seeing more testimonials, too. I love hearing about women not only persevering, but thriving. I'm following your group now on FB. Thanks for sharing. Are you planning on having your students join World Pulse?

It was lovely to see you on the Ambassador call yesterday, too, by the way!

Hope you have a great weekend:-)

Tarke Edith
Sep 27
Sep 27

Dear Samia
Thanks for sharing this with me great atistic page with us
Thanks stay blessed

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 28
Sep 28

Dear Samia,
Women are amazing at all we can do. These are beautiful pieces of work, and so importantly carry on the knowledge of the grandmothers. All the more beautiful knowing that stories are being shared as the threads are being woven into art, and sustainable lives are being created. I loved that two of the women's series are here for us to meet these sisters.

ANJ ANA
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Samia,
Thank you for sharing your initiation. It's so good to know that Syrian women are acknowledged as the sole breadwinners of their families. Most of the time women from countries like ours are contributing yet they are not acknowledged. I am also very impressed with the niddle and thread project and Sinnaraty. With very limited resources, women are being benifited. I hope the online market is good and benefiting the women properly as most of the time, the middle person got benefited rather than the producer. it's so good that its a direct to client/ buyer and producer. Keep your good work sister Samia and we would like to hear you more.
love and regards,
anjana

Qurratulayn Khan
Oct 12
Oct 12

Assalam.o.Aleekum sister,
This is the best example of courageous women's empowerment, WHICH THE SINGLE WOMEN HAVE, and that's how the women can contribute to the economy of the country by their own talent of craft, I appreciate it thank you sharing dear:)
Love

DrSpirit
Oct 24
Oct 24

Hello Samia,

I am so proud of you and your friends to create the "Thread and Needle" project. Bringing people together with a common goal towards well-being and sharing ancestral wisdom aid in the health of Society. The economic support of women is a worthwhile cause.

Keep up the great work, Dr Liz

EmpowerU
Oct 24
Oct 24

Thank you for sharing your story. I am excited you have found a great way to inspire others around you.