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MONA & OULA

specializing in AGHABANI EMBROIDERY

Aghabani is a 150 year old Damascene traditional craft. Originally a Turkish word that means “decoration on fabric” the patterns and designs are inspired by flora from the region. 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. The number of workshops dedicated to this has also dwindled because of the war.

Mona founded a women’s workshop in Damascus, and Oula manages the group of up of 10 local Syrian women, many of whom have been internally displaced. Their aim is to revive this beautiful craft, preserve a heritage and provide for their families.

WORKSHOP LOCATION : DAMASCUS, SYRIA
ARTISANS EMPLOYED : 10