Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hello Spring!! New things Happening for AWAZ

We’re kicking off the Spring with great aspirations for the year – and already good things are happening for AWAZ!

We’ve got a team of Volunteers and Interns who have joined us to help:
• Set up our Wholesale Program
• Revamp and optimize our website
• Promote our Fundraiser Sales to local organizations and Donations for our Indian Partners
• conduct Spring/Summer shows and events around Portland

Thank you Stuart, Christina, Judy and Trina!

Our Spring/Summer shipment will be here by the end of the month!

The last few months have been busy coordinating our new Spring/Summer collection with the artisan groups in India – our friend, Jaya, the Textile Designer we work with, was in India from Jan – March and spent a few weeks helping our groups with new developments for our order. From the dust and art of Rajasthan, to the mountains of the Himalayas and back to Delhi and Mumbai, she maneuvered the train, plane and bus to visit our groups. We’ve been doing various developments with groups that are ongoing, such as helping to source fabrics and improve products and also help with production planning. (Look for Jaya’s blog post soon about her work!)

This year we developed a product line with collections that focused on the craft traditions from different groups we work with. Our goal was to create a line of beautiful, practical, everyday use items to inspire your home and fashion for the Spring!

Our new Spring collection will feature:
• Handwoven Table Linens with matching Tablecloth, Napkins and Aprons
• Natural Dye Block Printed Handbags and Toiletry Bags
• Traditional Indian Batik Wall Hangings
• Khadi and Block Print Men’s Fair Trade Shirts
• Block Print and Embroidered Women’s Fair Trade Skirts
• Silk and Cotton Woven Spring Scarves
• Glass Bead Jewelry with matching sets for Young Girls and Women
• Soft Toys and Embroidered Wall Organizers for Kids

So come out to our shows starting May 1st and shop for the season!

Sunday, May 1st , 10:00-3:00
Mother’s Day Fair Trade Day Bazaar at the downtown Portland Unitarian Church
Northwest Fair Trade Coalition World Fair Trade Day launch celebration with testimonials, reception and Scavenger Hunt Passport!

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