Coaster - Multi-coloured

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Embroidered, multi-coloured drinks coaster made by women from 8 refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. 100% cotton, machine washable.

Size: 10cm x 12cm

Artisan: UNRWA Sulafa Embroidery Project (Gaza Strip)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) established the Sulafa Embroidery Project in 1950 as a part of their Social Service Programme.  The project provides income-generating opportunities for hundreds of refugee women through a network of 9 community centres throughout the Gaza Strip.

Women in Gaza have been bearing an increasing burden of supporting their families.  Women, by receiving the embroidery work, earn an average of US$40 per month, a significant amount in the area where a majority of people live below the poverty line (US$2/day per household).  Although it is labour-intensive and time-consuming work, thousands of women are willing to embroider as many stitches as they can while juggling household responsibilities, in exchange for a wage that would afford basic subsistence for their families' survival.  The Gazan women's artisanship and resilient spirits are reflected in the beauty of their products. 

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