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Arpine Keshishian moved to Armenia from Jordan in the summer of 2015. Formerly involved with embroidery, arts and crafts, it was expected that word would spread around the neighborhood about her move, and she was off to work. Since the family had owned a Syrian passport, the civil war made it difficult for them to stay in the country; they were treated like refugees even though they had lived there for 32 years. When they first moved to their homeland, she bought a sewing machine to start out her business, but things were moving very slowly and Arpine was facing a lot of difficulties. She starting leaning on her knowledge in arts and crafts, and began making accessories, phone covers, make-up bags, decorations; she sold them at the Vernissage open-air market, while also taking on the world of clothing repair. Today, you can bring her your clothing that needs mending, shortening, tightening, etc.