The SOZAN DOZ collection showcases delicate embroidered scarves alluding to Afghan visual iconography, changing desert light and nomadic desert tribes’ rugs and throws from North Africa. In this special collaboration with Afghan Hands, each piece has been meticulously hand-embroidered by a widowed woman in Afghanistan using techniques that date back hundreds of years. The one-of-a-kind masterpieces are embroidered with intricate geometric patterns. After each piece is completed the artist embroiders her name into the corner of the scarf she created and attaches a piece of her burqa, finishing the process with a personal mark.
The SOZAN DOZ project assists women who have been widowed or are unable to provide for themselves as a result of conflict and economic desolation to attend vocational and study centers where they may participate in educational programs and training, as well as produce exquisitely hand-embroidered accessories. Through this project, 200 women and their children are enabled to gain security, independence,literacy, and livable wages throughout Kabul and Jalalabad.