Lamis means “soft to the touch” in archaic Arabic, and is the name of the Danish Refugee Council’s project which helps Afghan refugees earn income and integrate into Tajik society.

Lamis was launched in March of 2012 with financial support from the European Union and the German Embassy in Tajikistan. The project employs seven  vulnerable women who are the sole providers for their families.

Lamis teaches Afghan refugee women tailoring, sewing, and how to incorporate their traditions of colorful, exotic design into products alluring to Western customers. They learn how to market their products and organize themselves into a sustainable business, which will provide a livelihood and promote their local integration. Lamis also teaches English language skills.

Most of all, Lamis provides hope for the future to a group of Afghan women who, despite years of hardship, are working hard to improve their own lives.

Lamis combines modern design with the flare of traditional ikat fabric to make wonderful gift items like you’ve never seen before in Tajikistan.

Contact us

Marina Specht, Project Manager at +992-985807022 (English and Russian spoken) or

Email lamiscrafts AT gmail DOT com or  info AT drc-centralasia DOT org

Visit us

You can visit our workshop in Dushanbe by appointment. There, you can choose from the wide variety of fabrics in stock and the Lamis team will be happy to produce custom made items for you. Also, monograms are available on selected items for an additional charge. Organizations can contact us and bring visitors for a tour in the workshop, to buy crafts and hear our stories.



3 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: Welcome to Lamis! | Lamis

  2. It is very interesting and original to make modern-designed Western-style handcrafts from Eastern textile. Meanwhile, thanks to Lamis, Afghan refugee women have a job and they are getting integrated to the Tajik Society. Thank you Mrs. Marina Specht, Lamis staff and all assisting Bodies, Danish Refugee Council, European Union and German Embassy in Dushanbe. Regards, Ruzanna Petrosyan, Armenia.

  3. i am so proud of your work! please keep on doing like this- the products of “lamis” are very gentle and keep meanwhile the central asian tradition! thank you!

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