Originally from Aleppo, Zena was forced to flee Syria in 2012 and re-settle in Lebanon. Fascinated by craft from a young age she sought inspiration in the antique printing stamps she found in the souks of Aleppo as a child. This passion led her to set up her atelier in Beirut where she now works with other displaced women to create unique textiles.
United by shared experiences, the women come together to form, as they describe, a ‘sisterhood’, working together to build a second home in their new city. The project aims to provide these women with the opportunity to generate their own income and express their creativity through embroidery.
Film by Louise Gholam for ISHKAR, London