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A Woven Thread

Each necklace reflects its maker's special techniques. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
Najihah Arif, 23 is part of A Woven Thread, a women's cooperative business in Nashua made up of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and surrounding countries. Arif is sewing one of the group's new products: purses made from recycled newspapers. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
Katie Berube from Lutheran Social Services, left, watches as Shamshidah Sultan and Najirah Arif, two members of the Rohingya Women's Group, turn ribbons of yarn into unique pieces of jewelry. Berube helped the women start their own business, A Woven Thread. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
Shamshidah Sultan and Najirah Arif get some help from 3-year-old Nur Sajidah Sulaiman as they create necklaces from ribbons cut from recycled saris. The women are among a group of Rohingya refugees, unwelcome in their own country of Myanmar because of their ethnicity, who have settled in Nashua.  (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
Shamshidah Sultan holds up a finished strand of woven silk that will be combined with other to create a unique necklace. Sultan is a Rohingya refugee, who arrived in Nashua from Malaysia six months ago.  (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
A Woven Thread: The Rohingya Women's Group turns ribbons of yarn from recycled saris into jewelry. The women, who are refugees as a result of violence against their ethnic group in Myanmar, hope to open up their own shop someday soon. From left are: Salimah Bintikalamiah, Zarina Arif, Najihah Arif, Katie Berube from Lutheran Social Services, who started the group, Shamshidah Sultan and Najirah Arif. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)