Beautifully embroidered scarves and shirts support artisan refugees

Italian fashion brand SEP Jordan donates 10 per cent of its profits to empower cross-stitching artists and provide training for refugees in Jordan’s Jerash camp

Keffiyeh shawls, from £68
Keffiyeh shawls, from £68

Called “Gaza camp” by locals, the Jerash camp in Jordan was set up to shelter refugees fleeing the Gaza Strip in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Today, it is home to over 29,000 Palestinian refugees. Among them are 300 cross-stitch embroidery artists, who handmake shirts (£174), keffiyeh scarves and shawls (from £68) for Italian fashion brand SEP Jordan. Each item is made with Italian linen and cashmere, and SEP is committed to paying the artisans’ wages higher than market rates plus yearly bonuses, with the ultimate goal to lift them above the poverty line and make them independent from aid. Ten per cent of SEP Jordan’s profits is invested in professional and academic training including English and coding classes, a library, art workshops, self-defence courses and social activities for workers and young people in the camp.

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