This pattern is a fundraiser for the Maiwa Foundation!
As many of you know, the Maiwa Foundation is very near and dear to my heart. I have had the privilege of travelling to India on three occasions with Charllotte Kwon. Those trips have changed my life in ways I can’t even begin to describe. It was on one of those trips that I met Kathy Marshall from Sabahar….and working with Sabahar has also changed my life in ways I can’t even begin to describe. I know there are thousands of voices that echo my feelings about Maiwa and Charllotte.
Here is an update from Charllotte:
The update with Jawaja is that we are still supporting the weavers. Maiwa has finally been able to place a large order to the leatherworkers that will keep them working from February to December 2022. Like everywhere, supply and delivery infrastructure in India (and therefore for Jawaja) is slow but they are innovative and things are getting done – just a bit slower. There are very few craft fairs opening up and retailers in India are not yet placing orders as tourists have yet to return. But that is happening as well now – however the tourist season is mainly over now until September.
Maiwa has not yet placed an order for the handwoven carpets but we are working on that and should be able to by July. In the meantime we continue to support monthly. The entire village and the Jawaja cooperative are incredibly grateful for the assistance the Maiwa Foundation has been able to give – and 90% of that has come from your fundraisers. We all truly believe, that had we not stood up immediately, the craftspeople of Jawaja would have really suffered.
The Maiwa team will (finally) be returning to India in September of this year – for two months – and we will have several meetings at Jawaja. We will visit all the artisans in India who we work with. It will be good to be able to sit, in person together, and hear all the stories and see the situation first hand.
If you would like to make your own personal donation to the Maiwa Foundation or learn more, click here.
The Just Monk’ing Around Tea Towel 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. All proceeds from the Just Monk’ing Around Tea Towel Pattern will be donated directly to the Maiwa Foundation.
Level of Difficulty: intermediate
Weave structure: Monk’s Belt with Plain Weave
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each pattern makes: 8 Tea Towels
- Shafts: 4
- Reed: 10 dent
- Weaving width: 22.7″
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