Sewing is sewing whether it happens Western Norway or in the countryside in Iran. This was Farideh Abdullahi Azar’s attitude when she came to Askøy as a refugee with her family in 2010. She firmly intended to find a job and to use her tailoring skills. The way to this went through the Folk Art and Craft Association. Now she sews and repairs folk costumes (“bunader”) from Askøy from her new home in Sarpsborg, and has good contact with her customers in Askøy.
Her family comes from eastern Kurdistan in Iran. After nine years as refugees in Turkey they were settled in Askøy and started immediately at the Introductory Programme to participate in Norwegian language training and social studies. Farideh started early to find a tailoring job. She went from shop to shop and showed what she had made, and participated in the sewing championship in Askøy. She did not succeed until she visited an executive officer in Nav (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) to ask for advice. She started at a course in sewing folk costumes in Askøy arranged by the Folk Art and Craft Association in Hordaland. Farideh was at first certified as a tailor of Askøy folk costumes for women, and then for men. Again, she went from shop to shop, this time with a bunad certification in hand, but with no success.
- Then I decided to start a firm on my own. I thought I could get help and advice from the Folk Art and Craft Association, and asked for advice from the municipal administration. Then I registered the firm and got an organization number.
Farideh continued her training. She attended courses and studied patterns, fabrics, embroideries and techniques, and met many people. Then she got several jobs consisting of repairing several folk costumes from Western Norway.