During the Soviet years, Leninakan (now Gyumri), was known as the “city of masters” and was the centre of Armenia’s textile industry. Set up in 1939, on the base of the existing Orphan City Textile Mill.
The Textile May Uprising Kombinat (named after a coup attempt by Armenian Bolsheviks that started in Gyumri on May 10, 1920) united a large spinning mill and a textile factory.
The perfect combination of cotton, ECO leather, and hand stitching makes each of our products not only durable but also beautiful and unique, as they are the result of the unity of Armenian Women.
There were 76,000 spindles in the spinning mill alone and 2,264 weaving machines in the textile factory. Workers managed several machines at the same time. Specialists from other parts of the USSR—mainly female spinners and weavers—also worked there.
As the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic collapsed and the 2nd Republic of Armenia was born, the factories of this Soviet-era juggernaut were privatized. From 1991-1994, the kombinat’s chintz and textile workshops were still in operation but by the late 1990s, only a small spinning workshop survived.
Traditional Armenian patterns are adapted, modified to culturally suit the new occupier of the land, thus, subliminally deforming what was once a pride of Armenian culture. Despite this, and in the absence of locally produced materials, these patterns dominate the Armenian markets, from the tourist popular sites such as Yerevan’s Vernissage, Khor Virap or Garni Temples. Popular restaurants set their tables using these patterns – a version of Armenia “Made in Turkey”.
Sewing Hope for Armenia, a social entreprise built up at the end of the 2022, 44-day war to support Artsakh refugees and Widows of War by creating Fashion and Home Accessories, has made it their mission to revive this industry and restore, to its rightful place, the Armenian Textile Industry. Working together with historical experts to certify the colours and patterns authentic to the greater Armenian culture (both Western and Eastern), ancient pieces have been digitalized and revived into production, available across Sewing Hope for Armenia’s product range or as rolls of cloth per the meter.
Working together with partners in both the private and public sector, in Armenia and Internationally, Sewing Hope for Armenia is working to revive the Armenian textile industry across a large scale, and creating a lifestyle destination around the Armenian textile industry for visitors to discover and enjoy.

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