Discover the Threads Of Syria
We are living through one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time.
Over 5 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, escaping violence to seek refuge in camps. However, their struggle doesn't end there. Most refugees still struggle to meet basic needs and suffer in impoverished circumstances.
But we know that our silent encouragement for those affected by this crisis can translate into tangible support.
Threads Of Syria is a not-for-profit initiative aiming to provide dignified economic opportunity to Syrian women refugees living in the Chatila refugee settlement in Lebanon.
Our aim is to provide sustainable livelihoods for the Syrian women refugees, and their families through the sale of beautiful handcrafted products.
A joint venture between social enterprises Artisan & Fox and our grassroots partner Tight-Knit Syria, all profits generated from Threads Of Syria goes directly to the Syrian refugees and their communities.
Meet Your Artisan: Malak
Having lived in the camp for 4 years, Malak often offers help to other families who are struggling to get by: making sure no one goes hungry, helping with cash for emergency treatments, and counseling other families and their children adjust to life in the camp.
Over the years, Malak has led more than 20 other Syrian refugee women in a women’s collective with our grassroots project partner Tight-Knit Syria, offering flexible home-based work to refugees hoping to gain a source of income, and support their children's growth.
Our needs assessment has uncovered that each Syrian woman refugee has on average 17 years of experience in traditional needlework.
A cultural practice passed down from their mothers, these skills and embroidery patterns are culturally distinctive to Syria.
We are tapping into the women's existing skills to create beautiful products that offers sustainable incomes, and help alleviate the human cost of the refugee crisis.
A global partnership
All proceeds from Threads Of Syria initiative goes to the Syrian women refugees and their wider camp community, and most of our operating expenses are self-funded. Both enterprises are members of the UNHCR #WithRefugees Coalition, with grassroots vocational workshops in development by Tight-Knit Syria.
The Threads Of Syria brand is also not owned by Artisan & Fox nor Tight-Knit Syria. All marketing content belongs to, and will be vested to the refugees as their legal status changes.