Tahaddi sewing workshop

Tahaddi sewing workshop

The shorkk tote is a tote with a difference. Designed by Philippe, co-owner of shorkk, and Nathalie Bechara, director of the Tahaddi sewing workshop, the bag was made by a wonderful team in the suburbs of Beirut. So, it’s not just another tote. 

One of the tahaddi sewing team working on a weaving project

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Tahaddi sewing team

The team in charge of making the bags were taught how to sew by the Tahaddi Organisation. Based near the Beirut airport, many arrived as refugees. Armed with skills, these women are able to earn an income, previously denied them. Without identity papers, they are not entitled to work in Lebanon. As many are the sole providers in their families, the income from the bags is divided between themselves. 


Always important in a tote bag. This soft sturdy fabric was generously donated by a fabric business in Beirut. They pass on their remnants to the sewing team, happy that someone will profit from their excess. This means the team do not have to spend on raw materials and can make more profit.


The Tahaddi Organisation is an NGO founded to look after vulnerable families. We wanted to support them so commissioned the shorkk tote. We wholeheartedly recognise the need for women to be empowered with such skills and be equipped with financial awareness. While tote bags are often handed out free, we are charging for our bags, because we bought them from the Tahaddi Sewing team. Shorkk is a small business, and shipping costs from Beirut to the UK aren’t cheap. Enjoy the tote!

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