From Women’s Collective to Women’s Collective
Tuesday, September 2oth, 2011
Sunny and Hot! Unheard of here in SF!
1 cup of coffee + 1 fruit smoothie
Last week we received a long awaited package in the mail that traveled a very far distance. It was a box containing 50 straw bodies that were woven to order by a women’s weaving collective in Sig Sig, not far from the city of Cuenca in Ecuador.
I may have mentioned going there in a previous blog, but what I didn’t mention, so as not to jinx it, was that we had placed a tentative order with the collective. It took a while, even with a translator, to get across what we were looking for, which was very specific, and for which there was not a single sample in their big warehouse converted from a hospital.
Originally when we walked into the space I saw a poster with a great message on it that made me hope we could form a relationship with these women.
Immediately after seeing this poster in the hallway, you are brought into a courtyard where sits the largest straw hat in the world!
Past the hat was the warehouse full of female workers, young and old, all doing different tasks. The first woman we happened on turned out to be the president of the company, Marlene. She gave us a tour, and we started the negotiations.
Having now received the campanas, we are going to start blocking them into finished hats! There are 50 total, ranging in sizes up to 7 1/2 with varying brim widths. If you want a custom straw hat that is extremely special because it has passed only through the hands of women’s collectives, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a ring at 415.221.5332. These hats will sell for under $300, and they are unbleached, raw bodies, so fresh that they still smell like Ecuador…..ahhh…..