Tai­lor made

Syr­ian refugee and Nova Sco­tia yoga teacher pair up on pants line

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A Syr­ian refugee af­fec­tion­ately called “the tai­lor of Ma­hone Bay” is work­ing with a yoga teacher on a cloth­ing line they hope will help him to es­tab­lish deep roots in the small com­mu­nity.

Rezan Iso ar­rived in Ma­hone Bay about a year ago. His skills with a sewing ma­chine and fab­rics are al­ready well-known in the small South Shore com­mu­nity.

“He is def­i­nitely be­com­ing a lit­tle bit fa­mous. I don’t know if he likes that too much but it’s all part of the pack­age, I guess,” Anas­ta­sia Akasha Kaur said with a laugh.

“He’s set up a lit­tle shop in Ma­hone Bay now so he’s more ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple, and I’m hop­ing to keep him very busy.”

Kaur is a Ma­hone Bay-based yoga in­struc­tor and cre­ator of The Triple God­dess Pant.

About 10 years ago, she de­cided to make her own pants after un­suc­cess­fully search­ing for ones that were com­fort­able, or­ganic and sweat­shop-free. Of course, they also had to be stylish.

“This is some­thing that is in har­mony with what I do and so I de­cided to of­fer the pants pub­licly for peo­ple,” she said.

“And then I found Rezan, the tai­lor of Ma­hone Bay, and he was up for it.”

Kaur has cre­ated an In- diegogo cam­paign (The Triple God­dess Pant) to raise funds to buy or­ganic fab­rics and sup­plies and to pay Iso to make the pants.

“I ba­si­cally gave him the pants and he has made a pat­tern from the ex­ist­ing de­sign. He has made the dif­fer­ent sizes so that we have op­tions for ev­ery­body,” she said.

With four days left in the crowd-fund­ing cam­paign, they’ve raised a lit­tle more than one quar­ter of their goal. Kaur is hop­ing to spread the word in the wan­ing days.

“Rezan is ex­cited. I got an in­ter­preter to ex­plain to him the crowd-fund­ing idea so he has a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of that,” she said.

Kaur said she’d like the busi­ness to grow and give Iso the chance to hope­fully em­ploy other refugees.

“The game plan right now is to keep Rezan busy, and then when he reaches his max I would like to see him hir­ing other Syr­ian refugees,” Kaur ex­plained.

“I can see this turn­ing into a nice lit­tle busi­ness for him bringing in­dus­try into Nova Sco­tia es­pe­cially to the South Shore and our ru­ral com­mu­nity.”

“Right now, his op­tions are kind of lim­ited in the area where we live and I don’t want to see him leave and he doesn’t want to leave.

“So, for him to be able to em­ploy more peo­ple, bring more peo­ple to the south shore, bring (some of his dis­placed) fam­ily mem­bers here? That would be my ideal sit­u­a­tion, al­though I won’t speak for him.”

For him to be able to em­ploy more peo­ple, bring fam­ily mem­bers here? that would be my ideal sit­u­a­tion. Anas­ta­sia Akasha Kaur

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Rezan Iso, left, and Anas­ta­sia Akasha Kaur of The Triple God­dess Pant.

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anas­ta­sia akasha Kaur’s triple god­dess Pants.

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