Suryakala’s story is one that inspires me as it reminds of the power of Fair Trade to reach into communities and change lives. Suryakala lives in Nepal and was diagnosed with leprosy. She did not seek help immediately because she did not want to bring shame onto her family, choosing instead to let the disease attack her body unchecked. Eventually the tell-tale signs were evident and she was abandoned by her family. She found her way to the leprosy hospital where she received treatment and was healed. As part of her rehabilitation she was trained to make leather good, including handbags. Making handbags provided her an income and the proceeds contributed back to the leprosy hospital, making it possible for others to receive the life-giving treatment that she had. While in rehab she met a man whose story mirrored her own. The two were married and started a family. Unfortunately, he passed away relatively soon, leaving her to raise their children. The leprosy trust provided the employment and support she needed to look after her family. The leather handbags that are sold through Fair Trade retailers in Europe and North America support this leprosy hospital and create a future for women like Suryakala.
Fall is such a wonderful season as nature shows off its amazing colours! And isn’t it awesome that these great fall colours find their way into fashion as well. We’re loving the yellow trend that is on display this fall with a special emphasis on mustardy yellows.
Incorporating this trend into your accessories isn’t difficult. Check out these beautiful mustard yellow pieces:
A sure sign that Fall is quickly approaching is that I’m reaching for my boots more than my flip-flops. While I love the change of seasons, it can be a little tricky to negotiate the transition. The fluctuations in temperature can make it difficult to know how warmly to dress and can also affect when we pull out those fall colours.
I love that Red is one of those colours that bridges the seasons so well! It transitions brilliantly into fall, showing up as one of the hot colours for this fall. See it here. With an array of shades to choose from, it’s easy to move from summer to fall, looking fabulous. Choose Fair Trade pieces to help you incorporate this colour into your look and you’ll feel as fabulous as you look. Red handbags, jewelry and scarves are on sale this week at Jolica if you need something new and Fair Trade to brighten up your fall style.