Lost Horizons is a Lummi Island based company that has been working with a womens’ cooperative in Nepal for over 20 years. Each year, these women create new patterns and styles of hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and handwarmers which they then knit by hand for Lost Horizons. We carry their woolen goods every year and every year they sell out. They are great impulse buys on a rainy day and also great gifts. Each item is also lined with fleece, making it extra warm and cozy and keeping anything from getting too itchy.
One of my personal favorite things we carry here at the Cordata store, these organic and fair trade certified cloth napkins are truly one of a kind. Marigold Fair Trade has a direct relationship with the womens’ cooperative in India that makes them, helping to alleviate poverty and provide liveable wages to disadvantaged women there. Cloth napkins are a great way to teach kids about not wasting napkins when they eat. The colors of these napkins stay vibrant even after washing on gentle cycle in the washing machine and they can be used over and over, bringing beauty to each meal.
“In a world where it is increasingly difficult to know the origins of the products we wear and consume, fair trade connects us to the people and stories behind the products. Fair Trade provides a viable alternative by upholding a trade system that values human dignity and sustainability. Marigold uses fabrics that are vegetable dyed and handblock printed to accent our naturally dyed organic cotton. Hand block printing is an age-old artisian tradition that dates back to the 12th century in India, but it is an art form that is dying due to mass produced manufacturing. We believe in honoring and celebrating the tradition of block printing to bring you products that are a work of art created by hand.”