Photo: Bethany Douglass
"The wand chooses the wizard... it's not always clear why."
My husband just finished re-reading the Harry Potter series and marveled again at how intricately the story is weaved from the first through the seventh book. From early on in dignify's life, we have referred often to this line ↑ from The Philosopher's Stone (Rowling's first book in the series).
You see, each time we receive a shipment of new kantha quilts, there are always a few that I pull out and think, Yikes! Nobody isever going to buy that. Then, I launch a collection of throws and undoubtedly, one of the blankets I deemed "unsellable" is among the first to go!
There are some general, governing style principles that we try to apply to which blankets come to us (and how they match the saris for us). It is a work in progress, but overall, we try to have one color on each side that matches. We limit brick red and olive colors (these are colors that feature in Bangladesh in abundance). Other countries in the world have different affinities for their Basha kantha: Scandinavian countries tend to want simple, plain patterns. English sellers want quieter colors. Australians will take anything! And in North America, it is a mix.
But, all of that to say, we get what we get (and we don't get upset, as the preschool saying goes!). Sometimes, I launch a collection and cross my fingers that I won't be looking at the same blankets in a year! And sometimes — often — a throw comes that breaks the "rules"; it is so extraordinary, beautiful, & unique that it exceeds any direction I could have given.
In any case, we've found that there truly is a person for every blanket, and a blanket for everyone. In the history of 5.5 years and 5,000 blankets, there have been very few — like, less than 10 — on which we pulled the plug. I don't believe in magic, so the blanket may not really choose the wizard person, but people do make great choices about their blankets.
Do you have a dignify kantha quilt? How did you choose it? Or, if someone else picked for you, how did they do? Share your stories below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is happening with dignify?
How are the women in Bangladesh doing?
What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on what you're doing?
These are all questions I have received over the last two months, so here are some updates.
It's too early to know, or comment on, the economic fallout from COVID-19.
Part of what I have personally found overwhelming is the cacophony of varied economic experiences:
Many people are jobless, have had income interrupted, or lost big in the market; others are flush with cash that they would have otherwise spent on restaurants, gym memberships, commuting, and travel. Some businesses and restaurants are shuttered or declaring bankruptcy; while trampolines, puzzles, & Peletons are back-ordered and meal-prep services can't keep up.
One truth that is indisputable: the economy local to our area is immensely valuable.
When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, shopping habits changed dramatically and immediately.
One of the headlines that made me cringe was something like “Amazon hires 100,000 new employees”. As many of my local businesses were closing for a week (and then, indefinitely), it grieved me that Amazon — the business with already so much of the market share, so much in the bank, the richest man in the world in charge, and which would surely fire everyone as soon as they weren't needed — would grow even more.
But, I also didn’t begrudge anyone from shopping there, either! Where do you buy educational workbooks or board games and the odds & ends you need when you are suddenly housebound?!