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A group of refugee women in Launceston hope to turn their passion into profit after starting a new business. The Afghanistan and Bhutan women’s group completed an 8-week sewing project at Migrant Resource Center North, creating 40 chamois or neck warmers, made from Australian merino wool. READ MORE: What we know so far about the fatal jumping castle accident Cultural creations were on display at Cradle Mountain on December 12 and following the success of the project, the sewing group decided to continue the program and started his own business – Kohee. The company shares the name of the neck warmer known as Kohee, a Farsi word meaning belonging to the mountain, chosen by program host Asiyeh Heidari. MRC project coordinator Gabriela Zampini said that while tailoring was one of the key components of the project, the women also learned new skills, including logo design, branding, product development and marketing. “Over the past six weeks, the sewing group has learned to work with ultra-fine merino fabrics and to learn more about using their sewing machines,” she said. She said the project aimed to raise additional funds to help support the group as they make their own clothes and clothes for their family. Ms. Zampini said profits from the sale of the neck warmers would help the group buy more equipment and new sewing machines. READ MORE: Man tests positive for COVID-19 in northern Tasmania She said the Kohee was a versatile piece of clothing that could be worn as a neck warmer, headband, beanie, balaclava or bracelet and was well adapted to the Tasmanian climate. Ms Zampini said the group hopes to expand its business in the coming months and start producing new products, including face masks and sports hijabs for women. The success of the project is due in part to a partnership between the group and the local company Breathe Velo which donated the fabric used in the buffs. Ms Zampini said the owners of Breathe Velo, Mark and Mary Ann Munnings, learned about the community sewing group through the MRC. She said the couple offered to help create a product that would develop their sewing skills and give them experience working with merino wool. Ms Zampini said the buffs can be purchased online with all funds being reinvested in the booming business. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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