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Iraqi Engineer Wassan Ismail Turns Art Into Business Amid Bleak Job Market

Iraqi engineer Wassan Ismail started creating and selling artwork after struggling to find a job in an economy battered by conflict and sanctions.

Wassan Ismail An Iraqi Female Petroleum Engineer, Who Could Not Find A Job In The Oil Sector, Works On Traditional Antiques And Iraqi Folklore Patterns At Her Home In Basra, Iraq July 24, 2021. Reuters/Mohammed Aty
Wassan Ismail An Iraqi female petroleum engineer, who could not find a job in the oil sector, works on traditional antiques and Iraqi folklore patterns at her home in Basra, Iraq July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Aty

The petroleum engineer, who lives in Basra, crafts pieces featuring traditional Iraqi folklore by sewing, painting, and adding other media to create designs on ceramics.

Wassan Ismail An Iraqi Female Petroleum Engineer, Who Could Not Find A Job In The Oil Sector, Works On Traditional Antiques And Iraqi Folklore Patterns At Her Home In Basra, Iraq July 24, 2021. Reuters/Mohammed Aty
Wassan Ismail An Iraqi female petroleum engineer, who could not find a job in the oil sector, works on traditional antiques and Iraqi folklore patterns at her home in Basra, Iraq July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Aty

She began making the pieces for her own home, using some as planters. After posting her work on social media, she got order inquiries, and her passion project has turned into a prosperous business.

“Little by little, my business grew and I started to receive orders through my page. I started to expand my work. I sell not only inside Iraq but also abroad,” she said.

Iraqi engineer Wassan Ismail turned her passion into a prosperous business after struggling to find a job in her industry. She sells handmade art patterned with the country’s folklore | Reuters
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