Frankfurt, February 9: While refugee problem is growing worldwide, a large number of people is actually homeless, it is indeed a good news that for the first time ever refugee-made products will be on display at a leading international trade show.
Twelve product lines created by refugee artisans and craft people from Afghanistan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iran, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria will be presented at the fair.
“It is only through sales that these refugee artisans will be able to employ their skills and earn income. By including refugee-made products in their sourcing plans, retailers and brands have a vital role to play. They can be part of the solution,” added Grandi.
A wide variety of products including bowls and jewellery created by Malian Tuareg refugees; cashmere throws, embroidered bags, block-printed scarves, lampshades and soft furnishings crafted by Syrian refugees; wall hangings and basketry woven by Burundian refugees; complex pile rugs, wool kilims and embroidered home textiles created by artisans who have returned to Afghanistan; scarves and bags hand-dyed by South Sudanese and Somali refugees;smoked bamboo lighting and embroidered jewellery made by refugees from Myanmar will be displayed .