- Creative Hands
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Our vision is to create a platform for women, whether refugees in Greece or native, to recognize their value, discover their potential and be able to live again creating with their hands.
Based in Greece, Creative Hands focuses on giving all women, whether Greek or from any country, living in refugee camps the opportunity to work and create a livelihood. We have chosen to achieve this through education and production in textiles, specifically weaving cloth and sewing products that people can buy.
We work with women.
We believe that women within refugees and migrants face a much deeper disadvantage. They often bear the burden of work at home, while also caring for children and elderly family members, which makes it impossible to find work, and many of the women arrive in Greece having come from societies where they do not have the opportunity to obtain an education.
We work with fabrics, weaving and sewing
Women arriving from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and more recently from many countries in Africa, share a rich history and culture in weaving and sewing textiles. At Creative Hands, we believe that providing an opportunity to revive this tradition for many who grew up weaving and sewing, and also creating a pathway to teach those who don't know how, will help create a sense of community and connection between them. , also giving them a versatile skill set for use in the wider textile industry.
Textiles are an essential part of life at every stage and are bought by every socio-economic group:
• blankets for newborn babies
• tea towels, table clothes, cushions and more for our homes
• bags and purses to carry almost everything we need
• clothes for ourselves and our families
We have embraced a culture that is part of our history and identity while empowering women and bringing dignity to their lives.