SeeMe, the fair trade organization and jewelry label providing shelter and work for female victims of violence, who are then trained to become artisans producing uniquely handcrafted jewelry pieces in Tunisia and Turkey, is now available for purchase on Moda Operandi.
Savoir Flair spoke recently with Caterina Occhio, Founder and CEO of SeeMe, about her line, when she shared, “After almost two decades of reporting on women’s conditions in the Middle East and North African regions as a development aid manager with several EU and UN agencies, I decided to take matters in my own hands. Through my reports and travels I discovered that being a single mother in the region equals being unsuitable for work or marriage. SeeMe was therefore born as a safe haven, training center, and work place for women otherwise deemed lost.”
SeeMe was therefore born as a safe haven, training center and work place for women otherwise deemed lost.
“Sometimes, the women we work with would disappear, for various reasons but often because, after having put some money aside through their work, they would get lured by men promising them safety and honor. Thus, very often falling once again in a spiral of abuse and anonymity. Too embarrassed to face supervisors and me, they would rarely reach back for help or assistance. I thought this was also the case for one of my most beloved and senior artisans… However, after some research I learned that she had left SeeMe to build her own after-school program for handicapped children… Though I was sad she hadn’t talked to me about this, I am proud of what she has become and we are now back in touch. It is truly heartwarming to see one of my girls opening her wings and doing something so great.”
On the subject of her line, Occhio shares, “Our fashion collections use ancient hammered goldsmiths techniques from Tunisia. The fine line is made by Armenian master goldsmiths from Beirut within the UN agency’s UNIDO project supporting creative industries.”
See the gorgeous images from the lookbook above and shop the pieces on ModaOperandi.com until April 29th.