We are asking for your help to send relief to our team in Afghanistan.
Zarif Design was founded in 2005 as an economic and cultural entity of hope and peace.
ZD empowers Afghan weavers, embroiderers and tailors towards economic sustainability through their use of traditional skills and materials. Zarif’s workshops create a safe environment where women and men work side by side. The group of dedicated artisans have used their talents to promote the beauty and positive image of a country usually depicted for its violence and misery. Thus, dignity, confidence and cultural identity thrive.
Zarif persisted through 15 years of conflicts and instability. As a social entreprise, it never missed a month of payment for its team. Social and cultural goals were met by organizing events and sales, both locally and internationally, with the generous support of volunteers.
However, the Coronavirus is threatening to shut us down. This is heartbreaking after so much effort has been made in developing a network of connections and refining centuries-old Afghan crafts. Not to mention having given women an economic foothold in their community. Our team is inspiring, their stories have never been revealed by Zarif to keep their privacy. But it would be a shame for their careers to be sidelined by COVID-19. The manager of Zarif is a woman, widowed at early age but now running the company along with another woman who is also unmarried. Both are the breadwinners of their families.
As a small company, we were troubled by the recent suffering we’ve been seeing throughout the world. We united to make a collective impact by providing masks which were donated to three hospitals in Kabul. These masks were produced during the lockdown with a difficult accessibly from raw material. Nevertheless, with a committed core of Zarif team, we were able to donate 700 masks on April 14th. Currently we are working on a collection of protective masks that spread the message of Peace and Unity.
It’s time for us to connect with each other, locally and globally. We hope you can join us and support Zarif, a company that combines both art and culture in their clothing, a design studio that has consistently produced a positive message out of a troubled part of the world.
Your support to Zarif Design enables us to shape a positive future together and keep our talented team out of poverty. Allow these hardworking women and men a chance to keep honing their craft and furthering their message of hope and health in these difficult times.
WITH LOVE FROM ZARIF