The word “darzah” means “stitch” in Arabic, and the ethical fashion company Darzah uses these stitches to empower refugee and low-income women as they craft gorgeous handbags, shoes, and accessories.
Darzah is a project of Child’s Cup Full, a non-profit women’s economic empowerment initiative based in the village of Zababdeh in the northern West Bank. The West Bank as a region has unemployment rates as high as 63%, and many of these women support large, multigenerational families. Darzah’s goal is to create a self-sustaining business amongst the women there.
GlobeIn’s recent order of tatreez aprons, featured in the Chef Premium Artisan Box provided employment for 19 artisans living in 3 villages in the northern West Bank over six weeks this summer, totaling 480 hours of work!
Tatreez embroidery is a centuries-old Palestinian art form, traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. Carrying on the hand-stitching tradition celebrates cultural heritage, and at Darzah, provides the livelihood for these women. They work to make the traditional style appealing to modern global audiences.
Like GlobeIn, Darzah is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and sources raw materials locally from the West Bank, placing large orders for fabric and threads, which creates creates secondary economic growth.
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Post written by Kelsey Farabee GlobeIn Social Media Manager.