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.
Last week I asked Charllotte for an update and how we can help.
With 1.3 billion people, India is one of the most populous nations on Earth. The government implemented a strict 21 day lockdown, with just a few hours notice. Our artisans had to make their way back to their homes as they could, walking long distances as transit services and car traffic were shut down. Everyone remains inside their homes. People are not permitted outside, so travelling to work is out of the question. Our business relationship with artisans has always been a long-term one and we are in regular contact with many of them. The primary concern for each of the artisans we know is not the difficulty of remaining at home but the uncertainty of the future. The Maiwa Foundation is marshalling its resources for the uncertain future of craft. We also don’t know what the future holds, but we know it will not be easy. We want to be prepared to help where we are most needed. We know that it will be possible to keep hands on the loom, to keep the dye bath going, to plant organic cotton, to harvest, weave, dye and sew. We trust that you share our optimism and thank you for your continued support If you would like to make your own personal donation to the Maiwa Foundation or learn more, click here.
The Tea Towel Time with Jane 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 pattern is 6 pages and includes images and instructions for the 12 beautiful towels I wove in the Facebook Live videos and has an approximate value of $10.00 CAD. This pattern can be woven on 4 or 8 shafts.
All proceeds from the Tea Towel Time with Jane pattern will be donated directly to the Maiwa Foundation.