Ozara is a social enterprise set up in 2014 by the National Association of Business Women in Tajikistan (NABWT) to provide women with an income-generating activity, and sell Tajik handmade embroidered objects – one of the most popular being suzanis. They are located in a northern region of the landlocked country of the Tajiks.
They specialise in embroidery work and also do a lot of suzani embroidery that is local to the region. After working in the local market, they are now working with the Ethical Fashion Initiative and hope to show and share more of their craft and traditions with the rest of the world.
“If we don’t have women that personify fire, a community or society would be and remain ‘unbaked’ and the bread wouldn’t be ready to eat. The way women take care of a community is what makes society ‘rise’. I feel like this is what the organisation I set up aims to do”.
-Tahmina Karimova - Founder of Ozara
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