We are excited to tell you about the launch of our Tribal Series Project coming this December. We have been working throughout the year to create, partner and launch this series. As a company, we are always trying to find ways to give back to communities that have impacted us in some way.

This year we decided to support a Refugee Community here in America, specifically the Karen Refugees who are originally from Burma. This idea came to us from my experience of working with Karen Hilltribe Weavers while living in Thailand. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to weave on a bamboo loom with a local Karen weaver named Pi Da. It was a very special experience and this type of weaving is its own special art form. We are very excited to share a version of this art form with our customers, and in the process, give back to the people who created it. 

If you are interested to learn more about what is happening with Refugees from Burma, please check out one of the resources below to get a better understanding. 

Democratic Voice of Burma

Fortify Rights

Karen News

When we decided to move forward with this project we wanted to find a nonprofit organization that worked specifically with the Karen Hilltribe Refugees. We were very lucky to be introduced to Project Worthmore out of Aurora Colorado.  Please read their mission statement below to learn more about what they do and how they help Refugees in Colorado. Also, check out their website at projectworthmore.org. Our hope is you will be inspired to get involved with PMW in some way. 

"We are working to restore worth to our refugee neighbors through the heart of our community. Every family we serve has a unique story, a steadfast courage, and a resilience to survive and rebuild their lives here in Colorado. We provide programs like free, dynamic English classes, the Yu Meh Food Share Program, and our family partners and navigators to help foster community, self-sufficiency and increase quality of life among Denver- area refugees. We serve families and individuals from Burma, Nepal, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Ethiopia." 

Here is an insider’s view of how DanaLouFIT started this project from the beginning to the end. First, it started off with Dana and I selecting a Karen Hilltribe textile we wanted to use for this project. We chose one of my beautifully handmade Karen Hilltribe skirts I had brought back from my trip to Thailand. We took a picture of the skirt and sent it to our fabulous graphic designer, Carrie Calvin, to digitize the textile and work her magic. The completed graphic artwork was sent to our fabric supplier in Oregon to be printed and sampled. A few back and forth samples were tested to perfect the product and WALLAH we are now in production. Below are pictures of Carrie working on one of our prints, the finished product and a projection of what our leggings will look like.

 

      
   
We plan to receive the material by the end of November and we will have the leggings ready for purchase by December. A portion of the profit for each legging sold will go to Project Worthmore to help build their programs.

We will be taking pre-orders for these leggings. Please go onto our site and click on The Weaver legging and give us your information so you can be one of the first few customers to sport this amazing legging :)

 

Thank you for your support!

Angela & The DanaLouFIT Team

November 19, 2016 by Angela Murray

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