This afternoon we spent more time with the group, Artesanas T’zaput, to review our order that will be shipped soon and also to present the new sewing program. We had designed a new pattern for neck scarves and the finished product was stunning; light and airy and so soft and silky looking! I continue to be amazed that these ladies can weave such beautiful textiles while living in the conditions and daily struggles that they face. We will have these scarves in the website store as soon as possible in February because we know you will want to have one for yourself!
We had also asked them to try to weave a new type of checked design into beach wraps (swimsuit coverups) and these also turned out to look really exquisite! It is a checkered design that is woven into the cloth to give it some added dimension and texture and we are really pleased with the first samples of these. These swimsuit coverups / shawls will also be shipped in February in new spring colors.
After much discussion with the group president and with Angelica, we finalized the details about the new sewing program for the group and will begin with sewing lessons for Angelica. She is really happy to be able to learn this new skill because it will help her earn money to continue her education. One of the ladies in the group, Artesanas T’zaput does know how to sew but the group could not afford to buy a sewing machine so they were unable to expand their line of handcrafts. Education And More purchased a Janome sewing machine for the group and we hope to give them a complete sewing center eventually. The president said that this was a dream for the group for years and they are happy to be able to begin to learn to sew and have a sewing machine all their own.