“I love making things that are beautiful and will be useful to someone, and I love that it is a way of emptying the stress out of your body. When we work, we forget a little the crises that we went through.”
- Oshana artisan, Faten.
Inspired by ancient Syrian stories, artefacts and culture, every stitch on these striking cushions is embroidered by hand using natural fibres by Syrian women. The name "Zenobia" pays homage to an ancient queen who ruled in Palmyra, in what is now eastern Syria, famed for her wisdom and tolerance. The Zenobia cushions are part of a collaboration between social enterprise Oshana and artist Joan Hecktermann.
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.