Jordan River Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1995 with a focus on child safety and community empowerment. It has been a major player in Jordan’s social and economic development, bringing forth over 20 years of experience to local community empowerment and child safety. JRF has also been supporting homegrown solutions that engage Jordanians and help them address local challenges. Most importantly, JRF places the wellbeing of children at the center of its development initiatives.
Offering an exceptional selection of traditional and contemporary handicrafts created by local community women, the showroom features embroidered products, rugs and special gift items rooted in Jordanian visual arts; produced by over 3 thousand women artisans empowered by JRF.
Al Karma Embroidery Center
Established in 1996 in Jabal Al Natheef, Al Karmah Embroidery Center employs local women artisans who craft traditional and contemporary handmade embroidery products, from home furnishings, to gift items, to fashion accessories.
Bani Hamida Weaving Project
Launched by Save the Children in 1985, the Bani Hamida Weaving Project became part of JRF in 1998. Reviving an otherwise impoverished region, the project revamped the long celebrated tradition of Bedouin weaving, and helped maintain the social fabric of the Makawir area. The project also leveraged the living conditions of the area’s local community. Over 1,600 women have benefited from the project since its inception.
Wadi Al Rayan Project
Established in 1997, the Wadi Al Rayan Project revolutionized the use of cattail reeds and banana leaves as raw manufacturing materials, which were previously burnt and disposed of, posing as an environmental hazard to the Wadi’s inhabitants. Cattail reeds and banana leaves are used to produce handwoven environment friendly products, including baskets, coasters, mats, among other home accessories.
IKEA & JRF
JRF’s partnership with IKEA has helped empower refugees and local community women through a series of handicraft projects capturing Jordan’s artistic heritage. The initiative helps sustain social and economic stability across host communities, offering jobs to produce embroidery items, sold exclusively by IKEA, locally and internationally. The first limited collection of handcrafted textiles, titled TILLTALANDE, has been produced by over 110 women artisans, followed by HANTVER, BOTANISK, WHITE CAMEL and LOKALT. The collections were launched across several IKEA stores in the GCC, North Africa, Asia, the US and Europe.
The first limited collection of handcrafted textiles, titled TILLTALANDE, was produced by over 110 women artisans, followed by HANTVER, BOTANISK, WHITE CAMEL and LOKALT. The collections were launched across several IKEA stores in the GCC, North Africa, Asia, the US and Europe.
Offering unique collections of Jordan's premium handicrafts
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