Mona fled Damascus as the bombs fell around her home, and arrived in Lebanon traumatised by loss. Through Oshana she has found independence, an income, and a supportive community.
She says: “My work renewed my hope and helped me stand back on my feet. I feel independent. I am earning my living and I don't need anyone. This work helped me and all the women that we work with, it helps us to pay the rent, buy food, and pay for our children's schooling fees.”
Inspired by ancient Syrian stories, artefacts and culture, every stitch on these striking cushions is embroidered by hand using natural fibres by Syrian women. "Massa" is Arabic for diamond, and also happens to be the name of the eldest daughter of one of our incredible Syrian women artisans, Mona. So this cushion is named not only for its original diamond pattern, but for Mona’s daughter Massa, who is going to school because of her mother’s work.
70% of the sale goes to Oshana, which was established inside Syria in 2012 in response to the escalating war and it’s devastating consequences for families all over the country. Today, Oshana works with women to create exquisite hand-embroidered and hand-crocheted items, providing a crucial income, a supportive community, and a creative outlet for trauma.