If you enjoy podcasts, Meg Tietz of the Sorta Awesome podcast is like the very best of the throwback hosts. She sparkles, her dulcet voice is like a hug, and her four kids (including twins!) & OKC locale give her serious everygal cred. Megan has been a long-time dignify fan, and her endorsement (which was 100% unsolicited or informed in any way by me) was so eloquent, lovely, and raving that I had to include it here.
Megan - "When I think of cozy, I think of blankets, and I have to tell you all that I have a blanket that I genuinely truly love; it’s the kind of blanket that actually makes me not feel sad that it’s cold, because I love to snuggle up in it. I got it from a company called dignify. Dignify is a company that is all about empowering women in different countries, women who would be economically vulnerable, allowing them to sell the goods that they make in ways that are sustainable for them, that are really providing good for them and also good for their customers.
So, this particular kind of blanket is called a kantha throw. The one I have from them is their off-whiteone, so it is off-white, it is six layers of sari material that have been stitched together, hand-stitched together; I cannot explain to you… when I say that it is a throw or a blanket, I cannot explain to you how heavy it is, it is truly a weighted blanket, it is so thick, and it’s all cotton so it is so comforting. Everybody in my family loves this throw, in fact the twins are usually fighting about it, who gets to cover up with it. There are times that I just say, I trump everybody here, and I am going to grab the throw and snuggle up in it, so it is definitely one of my favorites, it makes me feel so cozy.
I will say that anything from the dignify shop would be a great gift, particularly if you have somebody in your life who is hard to shop for, for example maybe a mother-in-law or a grown sibling of yours… somebody who it is a challenge to find something new, that they would actually use, and you want to spend your dollars well, so you’re not just buying something that’s just going to be a toss off after a couple of months. It is a little bit more of an investment, the one that I have is $112, a lot of these are going to be in that price point range, because again, what you are looking at is providing an economically sustainable income for women around the world. So, it is a bit of a higher price point maybe for some people, but depending on what your budget for gift-giving is, that may be a perfect fit. Or, if you yourself have funds to spend on yourself because of the holidays, it’s also a great shop to check out."
Rebekah - "Is it really brightly colored? Because when I think about saris, I think about them being bright colors."
Megan - "They have many that are. Beautiful, richly patterned ones. Again, the one I have is just an off-white, just like a natural color, and then the stitching around the edges is red. And I think they have blue stitching around the edge of some natural ones, as well. But, you can definitely look at their catalogue and find all kinds of gorgeous, brightly patterned ones that are also made from saris."
Rebekah - "It sounds beautiful!"
Megan - "Yeah, it really is, and it is so cozy, I can’t even tell you."
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.
This season for dignify has challenged us with waiting. Blankets have been leaving our hands at the fastest pace ever (yay!) and we are trying to simply keep up. Add extra inconveniences & delays (from COVID, from customs checks, and more), and we have been really exercising our muscles in patience, trust, and gratitude.
Culturally, we are in a stage of waiting, as well. Waiting for vaccine rollout. Waiting for "normal" opportunities to return, for "normal" life to resume in our cities, our nations.