Skilfully hand made by artisans in the Himalayas and Rajpur, India who, through JOYN's fair trade co-operative, are given the chance and the dignity to pull themselves out of poverty.
Includes swing tag with the original signature of each artisan responsible for the weaving, printing and stitching of this product.
Approximately 43cm wide x 20cm deep (from bottom magnetic clasp). Handles approximately 47cm long.
JOYN found that the people living in Rajpur are some of the neediest people on the planet. Many of them grew up begging on the streets and have no skills, education, identities, or even birthdays. They suffer from hunger, abuse, leprosy, drug addiction, and chronic illnesses.
At the heart of JOYN lies a desire to see lives changed. To see those crippled by poverty and hardship dance for joy. To do this, JOYN provides employees with not only steady jobs and a good work environment, but a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training, and medical care. Lives are changing as a result.
The manufacturing process of JOYN products starts with pure cotton, which is carded and cleaned, then hand-spun in 7 stages to complete the thread and hand-woven into fabric. The cotton fabric then has fabric dye pressed onto it using a hand-carved wooden block. When it is dry it is cut and stitched by hand. Every finished product has a swing tag with the signature of each artisan responsible for the weaving, printing and stitching.
The Murrays quickly realised that in order to bring real hope and lasting change to impoverished places, you have to bring opportunity and give people the chance and the dignity to pull themselves out of poverty. The artisans in Rajpur could make beautiful textile products, but they lacked markets. They lacked jobs. So the Murrays and their team were determined to start a sustainable business and to employ as many people as they possibly could.