It all began with a wedding gift. Dignify, that is.
Before beginning all of this, I was familiar with the inspiring work started by Basha, and had a personal connection with the gal running its operations. I really wanted to buy one, but, living on a grad student income (read: savings) with our family of 4, I could not quite justify the indulgence.
When my friend, Kathy, announced that she was engaged, I knew that it was the perfect excuse to buy one!
Kathy had been widowed several years before, while pregnant with her third child. Her impending marriage to an amazing man was a glimmer of redemption from the pain & hardship of the preceding years. I loved the parallel there – the communion with women on the other side of the world who were experiencing their own restoration from pain & adversity.
Beyond the deep meaning, it was also incredibly practical – she already had a house full of dishware, small appliances, towels, & picture frames! I knew that the blanket would find some use between the five members of their house, that it would last a lifetime, and that it would be recognized & remembered.
Nearly 3 years later, it’s still true! The blanket resides on their main couch and is loved daily. [And I have bought many, many more blankets since!]. As the gift-giver, what more could I want?
Forget the place settings. A kantha blanket from dignify is the perfect wedding gift. Not only is it unique – no stainless steel here – it is totally memorable, and will be with the couple forever!
If you want to give a gift that will be useful, artful, lasting, and appreciated, this is it. They can snuggle in for winter movie nights, take it out for a picnic in summer, and use it every month between.
It has been A MINUTE since I've written a book post! It's actually been over a year, which is a shock — I have read some excellent books this year, and I know many of you are avid readers!
In the past, I've shared book lists for: different points-of-view, family dynamics, & books to give as gifts... today's post/list is nothing more than a thoroughly biased list of books I've enjoyed recently & recommend!
Hasn't this been the refrain of the week?! "Hard to believe that it has been a year."
A year ago, I published a blog post, "A Kantha Blanket's Journey" : a behind-the-scenes look from creation of a blanket in Bangladesh to enjoyment in your living room.
But, the truth is that it was really a way to address the un-(or subtly-)spoken concern from people wondering if they would get COVID-19 in the mail with their blanket!
Somehow, impossibly, I travelled around the world one year ago!
I am deeply grateful to have taken a trip to Bangladesh when I did. I was at a stage of my life & business when the adrenaline had long worn off, and I was a getting a bit stuck in a cultural mindset trap: "I don't feel like doing this every day."
More details on that, I'll save for another day (or perhaps for a more intimate conversation!). But, let it suffice to say that my colleagues in Bangladesh do NOT operate from that mindset... it doesn't even factor into the conversation.
Being reminded of this, as well as seeing — in person — the inner workings and impact of the blanket biz on the production side... well, it was deeply regenerative for me.
If I had not visited in January 2020, I don't know when that trip would have taken place! Soooo thankful.
Here is one story of a woman artisan I met: Poli.