For the first time ever, refugee-made products will be on display at Ambiente, the leading international consumer goods trade show, from 9-13 February 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany. 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.
This breakthrough is the result of MADE51, a new initiative by UNHCR and a global network of social enterprises to help talented makers fleeing war or persecution achieve greater self-reliance and access to the global marketplace. At Ambiente, potential buyers can view and order a variety of products, including:
- bowls and jewelry 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 jewelry made by refugees from Myanmar