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Dil is one of our Bhutanese artisans. She has been in the United States since 2013. Her favorite crafts to do are fabric painting and knitting. Back in Bhutan she used to be a rice farmer, living far from the city; she loves Chicago but also misses the big fields. Dil came to Chicago with her brother and sister, she goes to English classes every weekday and very proud to be already in level 3.
Bishnu had a loom and a sheep farm in Bhutan. She used to spin her own yarn from sheep's wool and weave beautiful rugs. Bishnu had to leave her loom behind when she fled from Bhutan, but she has carried her skills with her to Chicago.
Saleemah is a dedicated artisan originally from Iraq. She works as the Website Order Manager for Loom and has a knack for best business practices and marketing strategies. She is creative and enterprising, as she designs and creates beautiful crocheted earrings, knit scarves, and unique hand-painted patterns on silk scarves.
Yashoda is originally from Bhutan, but now lives in Chicago with her daughters. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and designed a pattern for knit infinity scarves called "The Yashoda," inspired by the rice fields near the camp she lived at in Nepal. Yashoda enjoys coming to Loom for the chance to earn an income and use her talents, intelligence, and creativity to design and create beautiful products.
Boj Josh came from Nepal in 2015. She came here with her husband and has one son and one daughter. On Sundays she likes to take her kids to the park. Boj Joshi likes to do silk painting and beaded jewelry.
Hlaiwah is a dedicated Loom artisan originally from Iraq. She has a contagious smile, positive attitude, and is always eager to learn. She enjoys knitting and creates beautiful knit shawls.
Rahima Ali Hassan
Rahima came to Chicago from Pakistan in 2016, and even though she has been here for only one year, she takes her English study very seriously and excels at it. She is originally from Afghanistan, but moved early on to Iran with her husband. They lived in Tehran with her two sons and one daughter, later they moved to Pakistan where they spent twenty years before she had to flee, alone with her children and came to Chicago. She remembers her years in Iran with much happiness. Her favorite activity to do was to go to the library and read poetry by her favorite poet, Hafiz. She would share this activity with her daughter as well.
Her favorite craft to do is crochet, she is so good at it that she can see a picture of a piece and replicate it in a matter of hours.
Rabia came to Chicago two years ago. She is originally from Afghanistan, but before fleeing, she lived in Pakistan for two years. She came to Chicago with her husband, four sons and one daughter. Her favorite memories from her life in Afghanistan are the yearly celebrations of Eid, where families and friends get together, eat big and delicious food and dance a lot.
Her favorite craft to do at Loom is silk scarf painting, but she is very eager to learn crochet as Rahima, her good friend, is teaching her.
Adela's signature pieces include handpainted silk scarves - the colors she chooses for her silk pieces are always beautiful. Adela is originally from the Congo and lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania before coming to Chicago. She is currently attending English class every day. Adela is a mother of five.
Khadega is an artisan from Sudan who likes to sew and make scarves. She lives in Chicago with her 3 children. She thinks the city is beautiful, but it's very cold, especially compared to her home in Sudan.
Batool is originally from Iraq and brings her warmth and humor to Loom each week. In talking about her work with Loom, she says, "Our hands are our machines!"
Klezar is a Loom artisan originally from Iraq. She is an incredibly talented crochet artist and designer. She designed one of Loom's most popular products, "The Klezar" crochet leaf earrings. She continually designs and creates beautiful pieces of crochet jewelry, and also brings a knack for patterns and colors to her other Loom projects. She also led a Loom workshop for all of the artisans to learn her leaf earring design.