Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tactile Textile Travels

This has been on my mind for a while....
finding the time to start has been a challenge.
a new blog site where I invite everyone to help spread the news about Fair Trade initiatives and Co-operatives - in developing nations they make a huge impact on the quality of people's lives.

You may have noticed I have a bit of a thing about Fair Trade and Consumers using their dollars and pounds and euros and, and, and... to speak out about what they want to see in the world.

In a market driven ecconomy -where we collectively decide to spend our money speaks much louder than our politicians ever have and believe it or not will have far more impact on the "powers that be" [ ie the moneied wheelers and dealer pulling the world's strings] than those we elect as politicians.
Your money is powerful, where you spend it makes you powerful.
At home or when travelling, as best you can, be aware of who you give it to.
I have seen in Developing World Countries the difference to individuals and communities when they can earn a reasonable wage to support themselves and improve health and education facilities.
Aren't we the same- a job and income we feel valuaed at- being able to know we can look after our families- don't we feel better about the world? And our ability to participate in and contribute to it?
Same for everyone.
I suggest by making informed choices whereever we are we can give this idea our vote.
Also as a traveller with a particulat iterest in textiles and a tour operator who wants to share the best with her clients I have found these to be the best examples and best priced pieces of contemporary work!
so have a look at the new site
Please contribute leads and information if you can- the world is a vast place and so many great things are happening- lets tell everyone!

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