Project Title:

 

Klozar Weaving

 

 Short Description

 

  1. Entrepreneurship and supporting women weavers in Iran

  2. expanding the faded weaving tradition that goes generation by generation

  3. re-purposes the weaving for a more contemporary use an introduction to next generation

 

Description:

 

Klozar is project aimed at supporting women weavers residing in the rural areas of Iran, such as Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Bijar, Hashtgerd, Eslam Shahr, Tehran, Nezam Abad. Through supply and distribution of these high-quality crafts, Klozar creates a market for craftswomen whose art is at the edge of deterioration. KW was founded by Soheila Moayed Jafari and Shaghayegh Cyrous in Hashtgerd, Iran in 2014. Soheila Jafarie hand picks the highest quality weaving and compensates the weavers twice the national average and they get commissioned before they start weaving. 

 

Klozar Weaving (KW) has received many awards including the best cultural entrepreneur of Iran by the cultural heritage of Tehran in 2015. Nominated for UNESCO award in 2015. KW keeps the handwoven industry alive because until now few were fighting to preserve this important artisan craft as many machines were taking over the work of hand weavers. KW brings back the traditional colors and patterns that were going to die out and re-purposes the weaving for a more contemporary use an introduction to the next generation.

 

KW is focusing on changing the power dynamic between the product and weavers who are weaving the kilims and carpets. Each bag has its label identifying who made it and where they made it. The label also gives the name of the traditional design that has been passed down through their family for many generations, for example, brides crown and apple blossoms. Most of these patterns are passing to the next generation by a song that tells the weaver what pattern and color they should use as they keep singing and weaving.

 

Goals:

 

  1. Entrepreneurship and supporting women weavers in all over Iran and creating safe space for them to use their talents.

  2. Support women to become independent financially.

  3. Brings back the traditional colors and patterns that were going to die out and re-purposes the weaving for a more contemporary use an introduction to the next generation. keeps the handwoven industry alive. 

  4. Allowing people to use the weaving component in their daily life by getting introduced to a different pattern, color, where they were woven and who are the weavers behind the woven product.

 

Beneficial Outcomes:

 

  • Since the creation of Klozar, more than 35 weavers became part of this organization from more than 25 cities and villages around Iran. Klozar was able to support women in many different ways such as; Negotiating and changing mindsets of their husbands and families who are not allowing them to be financially independent, because of the cultural and traditional expectations and barriers.

  • Klozar were able to support weavers families by providing healthcare; for instance, medicine and needs that are not available to them, because of being expensive or rare as a result of Iran's sanctions by 5+1 world power countries.

  • Supporting weavers in their daily lives challenges; such as their needs in home supplies for their marriage or their children's school material. 

  • Introducing and giving a platform to emerging artists in the fashion industry, for instance, the photos, model, jewelry and outfit were all handmade by talented young artists. 

  • Created a community for women weavers to be connected and learn more about each other and exchange thoughts and talents.

 

Initiators:

Soheila Moayed Jafari, Shaghayegh Cyrous

 

Users:

  • Women Weavers

  • Supporters who are interested in the handcrafted industry