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• it's Fashion Revolution Week! This week it's the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, that killed over a thousand people. This week we honour these people by asking ourselves #whomademyclothes. Care for what you wear and ask yourself this question •

Everybody knows we make our clothes in the Netherlands together with talented refugee men, and from organic cotton. We stand for transparency and fair fashion! Have a look at our website www.dottshop.nl and shop this week only with a 10% discount using code REVO10 • || #fashionrevolution #whomademyclothes #careforwhatyouwear #wearwhatyoulove #organiccotton #madebyrefugees #doitconsciously #sustainablefashion #fairfashion #dutchfashion ||

Handmade #sittisoap sitting nicely in a soap dish carved from coconut by locals from #cambodia. Get your bar of soap at #bonsroom
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[ 從敍利亞到土耳其:耳墜的故事 ]
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敘利亞戰爭於2011年爆發,這古國像解除不了魔咒一樣,7年過去,戰火不斷,四周滿目瘡痍,敘利亞人民依然活在戰爭的陰霾籠罩之中,610萬人於國內流離失所,超過540萬人翻山越洋逃到別國。這場被稱為二戰後最大的難民潮,千萬人逃離家不成家的「家」,到處尋覓安全的棲身之所。
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二月初的土耳其天氣寒冷,但幸好陽光溫煦,我來到伊斯坦堡歷史悠久的社區Fatih,不少敘利亞人住在這區。根據聯合國難民署17年12月的資料,自2011年起,330萬敍利亞人來到鄰國土耳其,只有小部分的人住進難民營,大多數人到城市生活,尋找工作機會。
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Drop Earrings Not Bombs (DENB)工作室位於服務敍利亞家庭的非政府組織 Small Projects Istanbul (SPI),這樓高五層的中心選址在Fatih寧靜的住宅區內,深入社區,方便住在附近的家庭到中心前來參與活動。
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DENB最初由幾位在希臘薩摩斯島(Samos)工作的義工發起,薩摩斯島是難民坐船偷渡上岸的熱點,其中一位義工懂得製作這些水滴型耳環,想到可以教導難民製作耳環作生計賺取收入。後來,這個念頭向伊斯坦堡的SPI介紹,合力發展至今,DENB成立為社會企業,現有20位婦女參與,她們大多居於Fatih區內,當媽媽到樓上三樓的工作室參加工作坊時,孩子便留在一樓的託兒中心等待媽媽;她們之後把耳環框架和彩色棉線帶回家,在家中繼續製作,方便同時照顧家庭。
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負責項目統籌的Lodi本來居於敍利亞第二大城市和工商業中心阿勒頗(Aleppo),在土耳其生活已兩年多,來伊斯坦堡不久便加入DENB學習製作耳環。本身修讀工程及法律的Lodi十分好學,能操阿拉伯語和英語,而且做事井井有條,當DENB接獲愈來愈多訂單時,Lodi被選為組長,除了鑑定耳環的質素,由於同聲同氣,她也負責聯絡參與項目的婦女,統籌及分派工作給她們。
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冒險逃離家園,很不容易安全到埗,但來到異地生活又是另一個故事。雖然阿拉伯語和土耳其語有一些相似的地方,卻是完全不同的語系,所以敍利亞人來到土耳其後需要重新學習語言,「我們皮膚白皙,有些時候會被誤以為是本地人,但當我們一開口講話,這裡的人很快便變臉,不再友善。」 述說伊斯坦堡的生活日常,Lodi不禁流露無奈的語氣。
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在他鄉不被接受,Lodi和其他婦女沒有選擇放棄,堅持好好生活下去,她們一起創作和手作精緻耳環,彼此扶持,「來工作室就像回到自己的國家,儘管身處異鄉,在這裡我們找到家的感覺。」DENB每星期都舉辦工作坊,除了分派各人所負責的訂單,也聚集她們來到工作室一起學習新技能和知識。
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是戰亂帶來這個故事,但故事主人翁卻希望她們能為這個世界帶來更多美麗事情,「Drop Earrings Not Bombs的意思是儘管戰爭造成家破人亡,但我們走在一起卻能建立創造力,更團結而且更有力量。」另一位項目統籌,來自英國的Catie說著這社會企業的名字背後。
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這一年來便是Catie負責與我聯繫,Lodi形容她十分勤力,而且幫助了她們很多很多,Catie溫柔地解釋不會稱呼這些敘利亞家庭為難民:「媒體報導這些備受戰火蹂躪的國家時或有偏見,或未能反映事實的全部,所以當稱呼來自這些地區的人為難民時,很容易聯想到他們是未曾上學、貧窮、不穩定、需要長期接受援助等等的負面意思,但在這裡我們看到的是他們接受過教育,可靠,努力構築自己和家人的新生活。我們不標籤他們為難民,其實我們就是一群女人,她們是敘利亞女人,我是英國女人,而你是香港女人。」
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誠然,眼前披著頭巾的Lodi,掛上燦爛笑容,展露自由和獨立女性的自信,這場戰爭或許令她和其他婦女失去一些人事物,走上生命崎嶇難行的路,但沒有奪去她們追求美好生活的希望,更沒有撼動她們堅強的內心。外人以為不堪回首,怎料Lodi 堅定告訴我:「雖然我不知道什麼時候才能回家,但我們的孩子現在要好好學習阿拉伯文,因為總有一天我們一定會回去生活。」
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家,始終在南方那古老國度。
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後記:
那個短短的下午,好像重遇老朋友,一直都是隔著屏幕溝通,忽然間,耳環背後的人就在眼前,大家也覺得好像夢境變成現實。
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我說:「妳們很厲害,因為妳們造的美麗耳環令其他女生更動人。」她們喜悅和自豪地看著世界另一端的女孩佩戴著她們的手作。
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下筆時,是訪問DENB後的兩個月,我們生活如常安好,那邊廂的敘利亞近日因爲化學武器襲擊再次登上國際新聞,百姓的生命仍舊成為政治下的犧牲品。在這個資訊氾濫的時代,人很容易失憶,敘利亞有時被其他新聞如洪水般淹沒,消失一會,我們便忘記了;然後因一些事情發生又再度浮面,我們又想起了。和平日子遙遙無期,我們隔岸觀火,沒太多可做的事情,但,請你不要遺忘仍受戰亂之苦的人們,也不要失卻追求和平的心念。願天下早日太平。
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關於Drop Earrings Not Bombs:
Drop Earrings Not Bombs 耳環由居於土耳其伊斯坦堡的敘利亞社群人手製作,承載著製作者的故事和經歷,他們逃離戰火遠走他鄉,重新生活。
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每一對耳環的創作靈感都與製作者的經歷有關,以英文、阿拉伯文或土耳其文命名,名字背後是一段回憶、一個人、一個地方、一株花……

還有一個星期便是
Fashion Revolution Taiwan​ !急不及待很想向台灣朋友分享 @dropearrings_notbombs 的故事。
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有關 #2018時尚大革命 詳情,請swipe 向後看。台北朋友,28/4 華山見!
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Fashion Revolution Taiwan is a week to go. Can’t wait to share the stories ofDrop Earrings Not Bombs with Taiwan people.
See you on 28 April in Huashan Creative Park! .
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店主當然趁機浪游一番,3/5才回港,要買耳環這幾天找我啦~
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#幻想台北好好生意賣哂啲耳環
#趁而家仲齊款就買左先
#原來一直忘了在Instagram宣布我地去台灣
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#dropearrings #HongKong #taipei #taiwan #FashionRevolution
#SyrianRefugees #WorldPeace #GlobalCitizens #Handmade #Istanbul #Syria #love #dropearringsnotbombs #socialenterprise #madebyrefugees
#fairtrade
#sociallyconscious #syrianhandmade
#handmadejewelry
#madewithlove #womensupportingwomen #makeadifference #butterflyeffect
#butterflyeffecthk #EarringsOnTheRoad

“I think you are truly successful when you can change the lives of others." - Halima Aden
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📷 @dreamrefugee @kinglimaa

The Spring & Summer Collection has arrived! 🙌Check out our 10 new designs, celebrating RefuSHE’s 10-year anniversary, all handmade by the talented artisans in our collective. With Mother’s Day and the summer months just ahead, you’ll want to grab one of these before they sell out!
#RefuSHEmade #chooseartisan #ethicalfashion #madebyrefugees

Time for the first SUMMER SNEAK PEAK ☀️

• Terug in de collectie: zwart/wit gestreept met gele kraag
• Nu met tweede variant: blauw/wit gestreept met oranje/rode kraag

WHO IS EXCITED FOR THESE NEW ITEMS? Nog even geduld! More coming up, stay tuned. #summer #sneakpeak #items #nieuw #zomercollectie #benieuwd #staytuned #sunshine #warm #organiccotton #biokatoen #madebyrefugees

Take a minute to check out the amazing work @refuturelab is doing // “Re-future introduces a new approach to cultural integration concerning a specific type of migrants, the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors that arrive in Europe.”
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During an intense year of training on video literacy, the URM, using their smartphone cameras, learn a more mindful approach to the use of videos and a deeper observation of the reality around them.”
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Through the universal language of images, they will recount their story from their point of view.”

Did you know we carry a collection of jewelry that is made by refugee women in the USA? @foraistl (Friends of Refugees and Immigrants) works in St. Louis training women to make jewelry so that they can work from home and care for their families while earning fair income. And the jewelry is BEAUTIFUL!

Mano (27) is a Somali journalist. The armed group Al Shabaab offered her money to stop her reporting, but she refused.
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“I told them I’m a journalist and I work for the people.”
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The next day Al Shabaab came looking for her, and Mano fled with her three children. Still, she reports from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya ❤️❤️❤️
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📷 @nrc_norway // Fredrik Lerneryd

Glowing skin starts with good cleansing 💖
#sundayvibes #selflove #skincare #oliveoilsoap
#madebyrefugees

Busy day on 22 Tai Yuen St, Wanchai market for #projecthouse, organised by @onebite.social. Thanks for doing this amazing job and getting us some foot traffic!
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#unhcr #rightofasylum #artwomenhk #refugeeswelcome #craft #handmade #madebyrefugees #giving #cause

We love these scarves handcrafted by women of the #maishacollective in partnership with @refugees and @wearerefushe ❤️❤️❤️
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📷 @findingrootsandwings

Introducing metallic copper and silver embroidery on our latest shoe styles! Our Spring/Summer collection is now LIVE! 🎉❤️😀 Hop on over to Darzah.org to shop our latest designs from Palestine.
• 📷 by @thirdeyechic
#fairtrade #handmadeshoes #ethicalfashion #tatreez #tatreezfashion #fairtradeshoes #womensempowerment #madebyrefugees #copperembroidery #embroideredshoes

@mint.green.mind wrote about us. Super nice!!
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This is not just a T-shirt. It’s so much more than that! I wrote a blog post about an amazing project that helps Syrian refugees in Greece. Check out @notafactoryproject, support their crowdfunding project and get yourself one of these T-shirts! 💚
#notafactory #thisisnotatshirt #fairfashion #veganfashion #madebyrefugees #slowfashion #fairfashionootd #fairfashionblogger #ethicalfashion #veganblogger #belgianblogger #dutchblogger #groeneblogger #eerlijkemode #eerlijkekleding

Our amazing artisan team in Palestine has been working hard on our next collection and we’re SO excited to bring it you! ❤️ Can you spot our latest designs?! 👀 NEW collection of shoes, handbags, and accessories will be live TOMORROW NIGHT! 🎉❤️😍 📷 by @thirdeyechic
#fairtrade #tatreez #palestine #madeinpalestine #madebyrefugees #fairtradeshoes #ethicalfashion #ethicallymade

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