With this blog post we hope to take you behind the scenes and show you what we see. The real, unedited lives of the people who are effected by your fashion choices. People whose realities and culture is much different than ours. This is a peek into their lives.
Our Co-founder went to Erum's house (one of our artisans )to check up on the progress of the production of some of our scarves. Below is a photo book of her Journey as she made her way to one of the villages on the outskirts of Multan, Pakistan.
From the City to the Village
Once we entered her house, we noticed a bunch of young girls sitting in the veranda with sewing machines and needles. Curious to know more, we found out that most of girls from the village came to Erum to learn how to sew and embroider. With education being a privilege most parents prefer to teach their daughters these skills so they can stay at home, take care of families and If need be, use their skills to earn an income.
It was a happy environment with all these girls sitting together and laughing. It was almost as If they were at a friends house enjoying each others company. While it was nice to see them having a good time we kept thinking why they were not in school. Only a few attended school while others chose to stay at home mainly because private schools were too expensive and public schools were too far from the village to get to safely. This was the simple answer that we were given, but we know that it is much more complex then that. This unfortunately, is the reality of many girls around the world, this could've been us and this is the reason why we are so passionate about supporting the artisan sector. It is the second largest employer of women in developing countries and our hope is to empower these women through trade so they can become independent enough to send their daughters to school.
The girls learning to sew some of their own clothes
Erum's Niece's washing their clothes while Grandma oversees a house full of women after the men leave for farming. Men are usually not allowed in the house during this time.