I've always been a big fan of the rainbow colours and iconic grace of the South Asian sari - which can be seen in an amazing array of textures, styles and methods of draping all over the subcontinent. Even after a sari is finished as a garment, oftentimes it can be repurposed into something else just as useful -- from eye-popping scarves to cholera-preventing water filters, to these beautiful fair trade quilt throws from Pure Habitat.So if you're a sari-lover like me, but wouldn't have the guts to go around wearing one, these unique, handmade 100% cotton sari quilts are the next best thing -- perfect for brightening up any room in your home.
Imported by Asha Imports ("asha" means hope in Hindi and Bengali), a NGO which employs over 50 men and women from the slums, the people who are behind the quilts not only receive a fair wage but also valuable training and skills so that they have a better chance to "rise above their circumstances and take back their humanity."
Available for $75 at Pure Habitat.
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