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        Behind the Scenes

        It's soft and sustainable.

        It's soft and sustainable.

        Our partner angelrox fabrics are comfort, breathe and full of love with a rich dose of stretch for extra sweet support. Easy to care for and durable, angelrox inspires women to dance through their busy days with ease while planting their feet gentle upon the earth. 

        Supremely soft, irresistibly cooling and naturally deodorizing. Silky to the touch, bamboo-derived fabrics have many advantages over conventional fabrics such as cotton and polyester. We provide choices to individuals who want to have a positive impact on our planet.

        The ultra-soft eco-friendly bamboo fabrics will make you feel in harmony with your skin and environment. Let’s protect what matters with sustainable practices, while we wrap ourselves in the amazing comfort and coziness of bamboo’s material that makes it an ideal choice for those susceptible to allergic reactions or with sensitive skin. The naturally soft fibers of bamboo will not itch, rub or irritate skin. Kind-to-skin apparel that moves with you and breathes with you. Allow your skin to enjoy the pleasure of a gentle touch of nature.

        Today, sustainability experts nearly universally agree that bamboo is the most viable choice for fibers not only because of the remarkable versatility, accessibility, durability of the plant and its incredibly unique properties, but also – and more significantly – it is the most eco-friendly natural source on the planet. Apart from this, bamboo has exceptionally fine fibers that lend a satin feel against the skin, it is also absolutely comfortable that it will move with you.

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        Beautiful Leather. Beautiful Story.

        Beautiful Leather. Beautiful Story.

        In 2006, the United Nations named Ethiopia the worst country in the world for violence against women. Bride kidnapping is the most common form of marriage here. soHza sister is working with co-ops that plant seeds of change in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. 

        The artisans who made the exquisite  leather bags in this collection now have access to fair-trade wages, safe jobs, sustainable income, health care, education, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty. Your purchase truly has an impact. These sophisticated, versatile handbags are indeed beautiful. They also contain power and hope that reaches across an ocean.

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        Bhara was born in a brothel.

        Bhara was born in a brothel.

        Bhara’s mother was sold into the sex trade as a young girl. Her family lived in poverty and there were not many options for work in her village. When a man came to her village and promised a good job for Bhara’s mother, she was sold into a brothel in Mumbai. It was in this same brothel that she eventually gave birth to and began to raise Bhara.

        After many years in the brothel, Bhara and her mother returned to her home village in search of her father and a safe place to live. She learned that her father had died the previous year of a heart attack and the rest of her family had left in search of work.

        Without a place to live or family to help her, Bhara’s mother felt that she had no other choice but to enter the sex trade again under a pimp. The money she received in her village was far less than she received in Mumbai and under pressure from the pimp to bring in more money, she tried repeatedly to force Bhara into the sex trade too.

        Bhara ran away from home one evening while her mother was at work. She found safety at a community center in a nearby village and with the help of a local NGO, was brought to the Sudara skills-training centers where she is still enrolled. Bhara expects to graduate next year and has plans of becoming a teacher.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

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        Recycled Bullet Castings

        Recycled Bullet Castings

        Turning something horrific into art

        I's beautiful and sustainable

        We partner with two different groups in Ethiopia, both creating beautiful jewelry from upcycled artillery. We chose to work with these cooperatives because of their exceptional resiliency and their commitment to fair trade principles, especially environmental stewardship and creating opportunities for marginalized producers.

        We partner with a cooperative in central Addis Ababa, where women artisans each spend 6 months in (paid) training, learning the trade of jewelry-making. This cooperative provides childcare for the women as well as educational support for each artisan and their children. At this cooperative, in the middle of the day, a well-deserved break for our partners comes in the form of a coffee ceremony. 

        The second cooperative employs many women who, for a variety of reasons, are often considered outcasts of their society. Many of our partners sought refuge near Entoto Mountain, right on the edge of Addis Ababa. This cooperative recruits women living on the mountain to provide skill training, health insurance, and stable jobs. 

        Both cooperatives make jewelry from recycled bullet casings. Bullet casings are gathered by local farmers who then sell them to our artisan partners, who melt them down and pour them into molds. The beads are naturally 100% brass or copper: to create a silver color, the beads are plated. After being broken from the molds, the beads are sanded and polished, then expertly crafted into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. A magnificent piece of art!

         

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        Feel the energy of our labradorite bracelet

        Feel the energy of our labradorite bracelet

        Labradorite is said to temper the negativity within ourselves. It is known for its changing colors, so it is no surprise this gemstone is known as a stone of transformation, enhancing strength of will and inner worth. The gemstone labradorite is said to stimulate the throat chakra.

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