February 28, 2021
“During the 60s, I was working at a sewing shop for five years, until I owned my own shop. I used to sew mens’ and womens’ clothes back then because there wasn’t that much work to only work for one gender back then. Then in 1974 we moved to Iran, my love for my job made me take my sewing machine with me. I started working in a factory that only Kurds used to work at, we were making Peshmarga clothes. I remember that we didn’t have electricity, so we used pedals and used portable lights. During the sixties all people used to wear Kurdish clothes except for government employees and teachers. Unfortunately, now it is the opposite, most people only wear Kurdish clothes for occasions. I have been doing sewing for sixty years, and I have taught my kids as well. I didn’t want my kids to turn to bad things, so I took them to my shop with myself and they were going to school at the same time. Now that I have gotten old and my eyes have gotten weak, they come here often and help me out”.