Training as a Tailor

The training as tailor or dressmaker takes place annually in the NAZO houses: 

Nowadays the teachers are former students, who teach their own trainees in the tailoring craft. 
Such teaching workshops are located in
- Ahmad Shah Baba Meyna
- Kart-e-nau
- Kamari
- Nejrab, province of Kapiza



Exam works


This profession includes sewing, cutting, designing. In addition, students learn about the diverse textile crafts of Afghanistan and are guided to combine traditional skills with modern techniques and ideas.

This profession is particularly useful for daily family use: each family member needs clothes, tablecloths or bedding, etc. several times a year.

Experience shows that women are very eager to learn this very craft, often already have basic knowledge, and thus relatively quickly come up with appealing results.

In 2011, sewing courses were successfully started in some villages.

The training is concluded with an examination. Once the participant has passed this, she receives her state-approved certificate. After passing the final exam, each student can take her sewing machine home. It is her property and forms the basis for her independence.

Class in Kart-e-nau

Cutting in Kamari

Certificates ceremony in Scheweki

Shaima (left) hands over a sewing machine to the student. It is now the property of the student (right: Marina)

Shaima and Palwasha in discussion

Shaima asks Palwasha: Did you visit school?

Palwasha: When I visited the courses of NAZO in Kart-e-nau, I felt that I must learn something. There I also learned reading and writing - and everything else.

Shaima: How did you feel when you taught your own village neighbours here?

Palwasha: I had a very beautiful feeling. Being analphabet, I had never even thought about teaching myself. But Allah brought the day where I worked as a teacher. That is a feeling of gread joy.

Shaima: Did any of your students learn as good as yourself?

Palwasha: Yes. About 5 or 6 girls are very good.

Shaima: Did you grade their accomplishments for the certificates?

Palwasha: Yes. I have divided the students in three levels. In this way you can determine who belongs to which category. It wouldn't have been that good if I had graded each of the students the same. 

Shaima: Of yourse. The differences are there. One should know who made more or less effort.