Batik-Sewing by the Refugee Community

〣 Location: Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia
〣 No of Artisans: 1

"My hope is to live in a country where I can have citizenship and the means to provide for my family."

Two years ago, Alia, a former mechanic and a Burmese refugee living in Malaysia started his career at KANOE as a full-time seamster. With a never-give-up attitude and strong work ethic, his main priority was to be able to sufficiently provide for his growing family. Alia only has praises from working at KANOE - from the steady income he earns every month to the great employee benefits he receives and constant room for career development and growth. As a foreigner, the recognizes the opportunity like KANOE is one that he will never take for granted.

Since October 2019, Alia has left Malaysia and has been granted admission to live permanently in another country. The Batik collection is now handmade by Said, an Afghan-descent refugee from Iran. He has learnt how to stitch, sew and produce beautiful garments thanks to a factory that he had worked in, in Iran. Since arriving in Malaysia a few years ago, he did several miscellaneous jobs including working in a production house in Kuala Lumpur. 

Sharing the same hope and dream as Alia, Said desires to live in a country where he can one day have citizenship and the continued means to provide for this family.

Crafted by this artisan community: