I learned about this project yesterday, and immediately thought it was so wonderful that I’d have to share it with you all. It’s called Hand & Cloth.
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Hand & Cloth operates in Bangladesh, where women have traditionally made blankets from rags to keep their families warm. At Basha, where at-risk women are employed, blankets are made from layers of old saris which are running stitched together. They are gorgeous! I particularly love the silk sari ones.
What a lovely way to create employment for women who desperately need it. If we ever end up in an economically depressed country again, this is the sort of work I would love to be involved in – working with nationals to create gorgeous textiles, based on traditional crafts, to help women and their families have happier and healthier lives.
There is lots of information on the Hand & Cloth website about the traditions of kantha, about the project, and about how lives are being changed. They have a listing of where their kantha blankets can be purchased locally, and an online shop where you can support them by purchasing some of their gorgeous textiles.
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