Learning (slowly) to shop, give, & live with more dignity. Also: Blankets.
Dignify began carrying 31Bits last spring, after I discovered their gorgeous line of beaded jewellery made in Uganda. For dignify, as a curator of goods made with dignity, it is not enough for a product to have just a great story; it needs to appeal to women here in Canada and the USA, rivalling (or surpassing) any comparable, mass-produced item that’s available. 31Bits continues to impress me with their lines of fashion-forward jewellery, designed for a Western aesthetic, but built by women in Uganda who receive great value and dignity from their work.
I have been struck by many aspects of their excellent business, but foremost is my astonishment at how many different, beautiful, colourful, & unique items that they can design from their signature paper beads! Yes, each bead is made from long strips of recycled paper, wrapped by hand and finished with a water-based lacquer for durability. In many styles, the paper beads are complemented by tiny glass beads or other local materials, but I never would have imagined, from seeing the photos, that the variety of looks they create come back essentially to this process.
Started by a group of girlfriends in California in 2007, 31Bits has empowered many women of Uganda by providing the international marketing and sales opportunities for them to earn a sustainable, monthly income. They also use the profits to run numerous development programs, providing education & holistic care.
We love 31Bits’ Mission: Using Fashion & Design to Empower Women to Rise Above Poverty, and their Values: Love, Equality, Honesty, Quality, & Growth. And we love their goods! We will continue to carry their jewellery at dignify.ca & support their work.
With so many blankets that we refer to as “kantha throws”, "kantha spreads", "kantha quilts", or "kantha blankets", you might simply wonder, what is kantha?
Introducing... a collection of kantha blankets to meet the upcoming chill: The Crisp Collection.
I am loathe to say farewell to summer, but there is a freshness to the autumn which I adore.
Today I share a guest post from my friend, The Male Baker. Who doesn’t love baked goods, especially when lovingly created by a good-looking, young guy?! Read on for his recipe for lemon scones filled with strawberries & whipped cream (perfect to make for Mom this weekend), or check out his own site full of beautiful photography and delicious recipes!
Most of our dignify products are made by moms around the world; we love moms and the hard work that they do! We're giving pinners a chance to dignify mom and win! Create a Pinterest board dedicated to a mom or mom-to-be for Mother's Day. One winner will receive a free kantha throw (or $100 credit) from dignify.ca.
How to enter:
Anastasia of Anastasia Photography, out of Whistler, BC, generously offered to take some photos to help us promote our blankets. With Mother's Day approaching, and her gifted experience in family photography, we thought it would be fun to shoot some moms & kids along with the blankets. What resulted is breathtaking, highlighting the vibrancy and richness of the blankets along with the tenderness of the relationships. Beautiful!
If you are in the Whistler, Vancouver, or Lower Mainland area, contact Anastasia for a wedding or family session - you will not be disappointed!
Every time new blankets arrive, it really is a thrill! Pulling them out, one by one (or, if I'm being "helped" by my 2-year old co-worker, several at a time), and seeing the colours, the vibrancy, the unexpected pattern matches, and the sheer beauty of the blankets... it wows me each time.
Mother's Day is soon approaching on May 12th, and a blanket from dignify is an amazing gift for a mom - many of our blankets at Christmas went to moms and mothers-in-law, to very happy results!
Take a look below at some new Bloom blankets, or browse the entire collection of kantha quilts.
As I’ve mentioned, we live in a cold weather climate, and in many ways, this winter has felt like a version of hibernation. This season has been a time of planning, preparation, and rest. Now I am so thrilled to finally present the first phase of our store’s expansion into more depth and breadth of product offerings.
Winter is… not my favourite. But every year, I try to have a better attitude, vowing to “make the best of it”, “embrace the winter”, etc. Usually, I end up doing some skating, some tobogganing, some winter walks, and a lot of drinking coffee inside & under a blanket. This year, I am just thankful that I have central heating, while typically-tropical Bangladesh is experiencing life-threatening low temps.
You can win a kantha throw by showing me how you dignify the winter! With skiing? Polar bear swims? Hot chocolate?
Here’s what you do:
After my second amateur photo shoot (with much guidance and support from Shannon Yau Photography), I am in love with our new collection of kantha throws & quilted spreads!
See some of the photos from the collection below, or browse all of our kantha throws and spreads here.