Mosaic is an ancient art with roots going back thousands of years. In 1860s Damascus, a craftsman named George Bitar perfected the art of Inlay by grafting local wood with mother-of-pearl, silver & ivory. While other Levant countries produce similar handicrafts, Syrian mosaic became considered the best in the world for its high standards of quality, precision and beauty.
By creating this new art form during a period of civil war in Syria’s history, George Bitar brought light in times of darkness and fear.
All the products in this collection were designed and printed in the US. However, to bring the project full circle, I teamed up with San Diego based The Jamila Collective, a jewelry brand led by Megan that is crafted by a team of Syrian refugee women she employs. In partnership, these women packaged our entire Damasq collection prepping it for shipment.
By purchasing products from the Damasq Collection, you will help support an initiative to raise funds and donate to charities dedicated to empowering underserved populations and helping refugees re-settle and rebuild their lives.
This year, we have chosen to work directly with a local charity, Access California Services.
Access California Services is a culturally sensitive community-based organization dedicated to empowering all underserved populations, with a focus on Arab-American & Muslim-American communities. They strive to enhance quality of life and foster self-determination through direct health & human services.
Access California Services helps underserved communities find jobs, acquire health coverage, learn English, receive financial assistance, and receive counseling and support services.
Thank you for supporting this collection and charity with your purchase, and I hope that this unique art form brings beauty and grace to your home.