In 25 June 2020, YETIM SULTAN HAYIR İŞLERİ DERNEĞİ applied for funding from the ALIPH Foundation, within the framework of the 2020-1876 COVID-19 Emergency Grant, to be able to create a small income-generating project for refugee artisans from Palmyra. We chose just eight craftsmen and women who suffer economically, due to the lack of income, and whose crafts are in danger of disappearing. The project was approved in January 2021. Through this project we identified and found some of the most popular craftsmen and craftswomen from Palmyra who had become refugees in Turkey. Initially, we chose to focus on 8 of the most popular crafts in Palmyra:
Canvas embroidery and needlepoint.
Cloth weaving using a handloom.
Shoemaker’s and leather crafts.
Wood burning and leather.
Bead embroidery and weaving.
Painting using sand.
Plaster crafts for ancient buildings.
Many other handicrafts were practiced in Palmyra, but we have no information about them, and could not locate craftspeople who practiced them.
We worked with those we did select to identify their needs, and were able to support them with equipment and technical tools. We then created a digital market using the project website of the project to promote their products. The most famous of these products are: embroideries, handmade carpets, bags and shoes, and other leather goods, decorative sand bottles, wood pieces, and mosaics.