journals

journal new paths

Journalling has been a time honoured practice used by many as a healing path in life. I have been journaling ever since I was a teenager. I mainly wrote about my difficulties, rather than what happened each day or about the good in my life.  I wrote things down as if I was talking to God. I would be honest about the hurts and would put names in code, just in case someone somehow got to it and read it. I often found that writing helped me see the problem and saw how God’s word spoke to it. I would write this down, and then allow it to “percolate” or the “brewing time” to happen until I was able face the issue and deal with it. This practice has helped me many, many times. To be able to journal regularly is a comfort. I can write freely and express my exact feeling, without censor. It’s a release and I value it greatly.

 

………………“journals are a silent friend”………………

 

These beautifully handcrafted journals have strong cover, with a cord binding. They are filled with handmade paper pages. 

May you be renewed as you enjoy writing, drawing and glueing inspirational pictures in this journal, while leaving the old behind and exploring new paths. Many Blessings!

 

Quiet time

Click here, if you would like a fair trade tea-light candle as a focus when you read God's word.

 

Measurement: 20cm x 15 cm

Pages: 60 

 

Group : EMC, Kolkata, India

EMC is an initiative where young women from the slums of Kolkata, India receive training and job opportunities. As well as theory and practical skills in tailoring and paper craft work, the women are taught English, business skills and values for life.

For more on the work of EMC and the culture of the sari click here

 

Creation

The best used saris are purchased from a central market and brought to EMS. There they are cut to size and the front and back patterns are chosen to compliment. From there 3 other layers of saris are quilted inside with the traditional running stitch of Bengal, the Katha (or Kantha).

Impact on poverty

Most of the sari blankets are created in the homes of women who have come out of tough places such as prostitution and drug addiction. The personal, spiritual and practical training EMC offers these ladies is a massive leg up into a dignified life. Working from home allows them to be flexible with their home duties but still bring an income into their households.

Let's not forget the on-seller of this sari, who has been in such a position as to need to sell their own clothing! That state is something to be contemplated!

Impact on the planet

One less thing manufactured from raw materials can only be good for this world! One less thing in landfill or polluting a street is even better.

 

and for you…

If your sari could talk to you about the life it has seen what a tale it would tell! The blessing for you, of this life-story, is that you get a soft, smooth, almost luxurious feeling cotton, one of kind item made from recycled saris’.  The satisfaction of knowing this very practical item has not cost the earth or its inhabitants is comforting. The most important fact is the woman who has handmade this item has been empowered to rise to a new level of life , which comes through your Fair Trade purchase. This special item can be used to tell your own story to your children, family and friends or give it away as an ethical gift.

Either way, we Thank You for making the difference.

 




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