MONA & OULA
INTERNALLY displaced women reviving AN ancient craft
Mona founded a women’s embroidery workshop in Damascus, and Oula manages this talented group of 10 local Syrian women, many of whom have been internally displaced. Their aim is to revive the beautiful craft of Aghabani embroidery, preserve a heritage, and provide for their families. The number of workshops dedicated to this ancient embroidery craft has also dwindled because of the war. Aghabani is a 150 year old Damascene traditional craft. The designs are hand carved on wooden molds and stamped on the cotton or silk material. The maker uses a specific type of ink or Indigo dye that wears off after the textile was washed. The stamped material is then given to a local seamstress who embroiders the patterns with different colored threads. We are proud to collaborate with their team who made our Signature Mint + Laurel bags.