Last month, I wrote about the fashionABLE scarves that were designed by the Alt Summit community. You may remember the post, but if not, here’s a little synopsis: Alt Summit and ONE.org worked together to host a contest. Alt Summit community members were invited to design scarves that would be woven by the women of fashionABLE in Ethiopia.
Tons of designs came in. And the top 4 were voted on during the Alt Summit conference last January. The winner, was this gorgeous scarf in black and white, designed by the talented Janette Crawford of Fashion Loves People, and woven in ridiculously soft Ethiopian cotton.
That’s the story in brief, and this is best news ever: The winning scarf is now for sale!
Introducing The Genet Scarf. It’s beautiful! Seriously. But you can see that already. Each handmade scarf takes three days to make and is named after one of the amazing women who helped produce it. (You can read Genet’s story after the jump.) This limited edition scarf is available at the ONE Store or directly from fashionABLE.
Order one today and it will be shipped out on April 22nd. Buy a scarf and save a life. I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day gift!
“Because of you, I am ABLE to embrace my role as a mother.”
“I don’t remember my birth mother, and I don’t know my birthday or actual age, so the timeline of my story is based on my best guess. I was brought from the countryside into the city of Addis at age 3 by an aunt who promised my family I would be sent to school and have a “better life .” Instead, I was groomed to be a housemaid and given so many responsibilities that the load of work become impossible and overwhelming .
By age 12, I ran away and began living on the street. I felt lost and I was continually raped. Eventually, I became pregnant. With a baby at 15, I learned to have sex for money so I could support her. I coped with life through drinking, drugs and smoking.
I recently learned about the fashionABLE program and am enrolled in counseling to work through my addictions, my childhood trauma, and learn ways to reconnect with my now 6-year-old daughter. I am also working at fashionABLE and grateful to have a job that provides dignity.”
You can read more stories of the women of fashionABLE here.