Queen Rania Joins Queen Mathilde for Tour of Jordan River Foundation Showroom

October 25, 2016

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Amman) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah joined Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium on a tour of the Jordan River Foundation’s (JRF) showroom in Amman on Tuesday.

Queen Mathilde’s visit to Jordan follows a state visit by His Majesty King Abdullah and Her Majesty Queen Rania to Belgium last May.

The showroom, which displays the Foundation’s modern designs, features intricate handicrafts hand-made by women from local villages and underprivileged neighborhoods of Amman.

Director General of JRF, Enaam Barrishi, led Their Majesties through a tour of the  exhibition, starting with a comprehensive explanation of handmade techniques used by Halima Al Qaaydeh from the village of Bani Hamida in Madaba.

Their Majesties then went on to view the exhibition’s new collection, featuring the Dahnoun Collection, which celebrates the Poppy wildflower, or “Dahnoun” in Arabic, which blossoms across Jordan in the early spring.

Their Majesties also viewed the “City Heritage Collection,” which combines the art of hand-stitched embroidery with photography using mixed media techniques as well as the “Calligraphy Collection,” which incorporates positive messages embroidered and printed on a variety of products, including home furnishings, glasses, notebooks, candles, and wall hangings.

The exhibition also includes a small “Furniture Collection” of embroidery-covered tables and Wadi Al Rayan chandeliers, as well as the “Applique Collection,” which showcases colorful artworks that turn leftover fabric into pieces that represent elements of Jordanian culture.

The Jordan River Foundation (JRF) is a Jordanian non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1995 and Chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. The Foundation operates the Jordan River Child Safety and Jordan River Community Empowerment programs, and aims to engage Jordanians to realize their full economic potential and overcome social challenges.

Since its establishment, JRF has launched numerous socio-economic projects for women, providing employment opportunities to enhance their livelihoods, while also focusing on programs aimed at child protection from abuse.