Maiwa Fundraiser for the Artisan Alliance of Jawaja

Charllotte Kwon, founder of Maiwa Handprints and the Maiwa Foundation, has been working in India for three decades with the goal of preserving craft. She has committed herself to ethical trade and craft practices. Her business mandate is to trade directly with the individual craftspeople, thereby offering the full value of the work to its creator. With great curiosity, Maiwa questions its role in contemporary business and craft practices as it works to invigorate the economy with heart. In her words “We are learning from our collective past to value a future filled with colour, compassion, and integrity“. The Maiwa Foundation was established in 1997 to support work that develops higher-level skills or to sustain existing artisans and their skills. Click here for more information.

Maiwa to Jawaja

Charllotte has worked with one group of artisans since the early nineties. The village of Jawaja is home to 2 groups of artisans, leatherworkers and carpet weavers. The skills of these 2 groups left a profound impression on Charllotte and she has worked tirelessly to present their work to a broader North American market. She has helped them navigate through predatory lenders and provided them with necessary technical, marketing, and business support so they can present themselves to a much larger community.

Maiwa to Jawaja to JST

I have had the privilege of travelling to India on 3 occasions with Charllotte and each trip took us to Jawaja. I will never forget that first visit, struggling to take in all that I saw and falling head over heels in love with the artisans and their families. When I returned the 2nd time I brought a table loom to hold a mini-workshop for the weavers and a few years later we shared more ideas. My love for Jawaja and the Maiwa Foundation is what moved me to create this fundraiser.

As the news spreads of the disastrous toll that Covid-19 is having on India – we know that Maiwa needs our support even more. I asked Charllotte Kwon to give us a brief update on the situation the artisans of Jawaja have found themselves in.

The Artisans Alliance of Jawaja has reached a crisis point. With lockdowns and restricted international travel, this group could not sell their goods through their normal channels in India nor, at the same rate, through Maiwa. The Maiwa Foundation stepped in and, with the help and huge thanks to Jane and her weavers – for the first time in our history, are providing funding for basic living expenses to an entire group of artisans. We need to do what we can to help them keep this funding in place for at least one more year while Covid-19 and recovery runs its course.

All the money raised by Jane Stafford Textiles has been and will be used to support this entire village.

Abalone and Ebony Tea Towel and Scarf PDF Pattern Download

The pattern is available to everyone in our community at a price that anyone could pay… whatever you want. You enter the $ amount you want to pay/donate. Please note, this pattern is suited to an intemediate weaver.

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We are delighted to once again bring you a beautiful “Pay What You Want” pattern to benefit the Maiwa Foundation and this one has been created by Barbara Mitchell.  If there is one thing that Barbara and I have in common it is the urge to just play at our looms to see what will happen.  Barbara started off with the plan to “play” with Bronson Spot but, before she even got to the point of winding her warp, she thought … what if I layer it with Log Cabin – and the magic began!  She has created a canvas for you, so you can wonder “what if? Barbara has generously shared this amazing draft to give us another opportunity to work towards our goal of helping the Maiwa Foundation. The Foundation is supporting the carpet weavers and leatherworkers of The Artisan’s Alliance of Jawaja, along with other artisan groups across India. However, the Jawaja group has been more deeply affected by COVID-19 than other groups, as we have shared with you in previous newsletters. Because of the strict lockdowns and restricted international travel, this group has not been able to sell their goods through their normal channels in India – via craft fairs, where their work is sold through craft alliances and in airport boutiques. To add to their challenges, they have also had problems accessing the supplies they need to create their unique line of products. Their whole income flow has been affected and this is where we can help the Maiwa Foundation help them.”

Abalone & Ebony Tea Towel & Scarf (4 shaft) PDF pattern is available for download by donation. I decided that I would make the pattern available to everyone in our community at a price that anyone could pay… whatever you want. You enter the $ amount you want to pay/donate. This 4 shaft pattern is 6 pages and includes images and instructions for 3 towels and 1 scarf and has an approximate value of $10.00 CAD. This pattern is best suited for an Intermediate weaver. All proceeds from the Abalone & Ebony pattern will be donated directly to the Maiwa Foundation.

Treat yourself to a project that will have you mentally wandering a west coast beach. Something catches your eye; you pick it up, turn it over see the beautiful colours of abalone sparkling up at you hidden inside a clamshell. Look closer and you will see that it’s framed by the ebony black of the outside of the shell.  As you know, I love anything that is nicely framed   🙂


 

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