By ZAANHA - Feminine shades of pink or blue discreetly spell “ZAAHNA” in this hand tie dyed scarf. Symbolic for the empowerment of women everywhere, ZAAHNA means “women” in Dari, the principal language in Afghanistan. Lofty and lightweight, this luxuriously soft cashmere gauze is hand loomed by skilled artisans as an effort to show unity and change. A portion of ZAAHNA sales helps send Afghan children to school. Unfinished trim adds to the unique beauty of each piece. ZAANHA’s designs are carefully developed to reflect the soul of Central Asian cultural and material traditions. Wherever possible, they source products to provide livelihoods for local artisans. And it is these products that become a major part of the engine that drive their business of sending Afghan children to school.
Wendy Summer, founder of ZAANHA and The Zaanha Fund recounts how this dynamic and inspiring business came about:“ In 2003, having sold my marketing company, I started looking for volunteer work in Asia. Through the Business Council for Peace (www.bpeace.org), I met and have been mentoring Afghan women entrepreneurs, teaching them to run and grow their businesses. I’ve made multiple visits to Afghanistan since April, 2006 and have been privileged to meet the families of these women and learn first-hand the fervent desire the parents have to see their children educated. Enthralled by the extraordinary quality of embroidery I saw being produced; I wanted to give these women the opportunity to use their skills to create the highest quality products." This partnership is how the business began.
29” x 78”
Handmade in Nepal
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