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Meet the Tailors 

The New Scot Sewing Project wouldn't not have been possible without the incredible work of our tailors. We had 10 generous New Scots giving up their time and skills for free to sew face masks for local organisations. Read more about each of them below. 

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My name is Fathi Al aswad, I am 42 years old and I am from Syria. I have been in Edinburgh for two years. 

I am married and have three children, I lived in Egypt for six years. I am interested in raising my children and their education. I worked on this project to say thank you to these lovely people, who welcomed me and were very kind to me and my family.


I was the first tailor in this project and have sewed more than 500 masks, and I will  work until this pandemic is over and life is back to normal. Till that happens we have to be careful and follow the government guidelines to put the mask on in the shops and the public transport.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped in this project.

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My name is Iman Baroudi, I'm 60 years old, I live in Lochend, I have lived in Edinburgh for about 6 years, I'm from Syria, Hama City, I am a housewife and I have 4 sons. I love sewing and I like to go to parks and explore the city. 

I was offered to join the project by a friend and I thought it will be a good way to help the people by making masks and to fill my time. My daily life has changed since the start of the pandemic, I used to go out to see my friends and do shopping. I'm looking forward to seeing my friends and taking walks around the city.

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My name is Aeda Labania. I am 65 years old with more than 24 years of experience as a primary school teacher back home in Aleppo, Syria. 

I have been living in Edinburgh for about 5 years. I have 5 children and thankfully all of them obtained higher education degrees. 


My story with sewing began when I gave birth to my first daughter back in 1976. I started learning how to sew clothes by myself. I used a lot of Burda Style magazines for this purpose.


By the time Covid-19 began to spread all over the city I was keen to help in any way I can, in order to protect myself and everyone around me. After I saw an invitation from Maggie and Sawsan from Re:Act, for anyone who can help making masks, I instantly offered my support for the idea and I began sewing about 150 masks with 2 styles.

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