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When used in schools Culture Through Making has the                   immediate ability to support cultures of sharing and creating, to       nurture a sense of community that may have been lost or                 damaged through the war. Long term it can be extended to adults, men and women, giving them ‘portable’ skills which will have the      double benefit of keeping Syrian creative cultures alive whilst also  giving them a means for sustainable employment.                                                                                                                                                     A recent Culture Through Making project held across schools         supported by Syria Relief in Syria was inspired by tiles from The       Ghars al Din Mosques in Damascus, an example of which can be     viewed in London’s V&A Museum. The templates were designed by the artist Amber Khokhar, who was commissioned by HRH The         Prince of Wales to design an Islamic-inspired carpet for The Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace.                                                                                                                                                                                           

True to the Syrian flair for experimentation and design, the               craftsmen absorbed multiple influences to create a unique               hybrid of Islamic motifs with swaying leaves and arabesques.                                                                                                                                   The vision of this project is to use pilot schemes in local communities within schools in Syria and in refugees camps in neighbouring countries to provide continuity and long-term benefits to the Syrian population.

                                                                                                                        

Culture Through Making is creating a series of workshops with a   continued focus towards the development of skills and education,   and long-term sustainable employment.