Las Bordadoras (“The Embroiderers”)

The blogging world is a vast and wondrous place full of connection and discovery, generosity and support, from which I’ve recently benefitted. It only makes sense, then, to pay it forward as best I can.

A few years ago, I stumbled across Marie Ofthesea who blogs at 1000 Reasons I’m a Crap Bad Mom. Her irreverent tone and friendly style caught me, and I started reading regularly and commenting. Despite being from two different continents and vastly different life experiences, we bonded a little over raising little boys in a world full of helicopter parenting. We soon discovered a shared passion for a few bands, and then we’re facebook friends—you know how it goes.

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A little while back, Marie dropped off the radar for a bit, and when she returned to facebook, it was to tout these gorgeous hand embroidered purses and pillows. I pinged her to ask what the deal was, and she directed me to the Handmade in Costa Rica website.

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Here’s the thing, Marie and her colleagues are creating a sustainable business model which not only revives an art form, she’s bringing work to women who desperately need it. Her company is training these bordadoras in embroidery techniques, responsibly sourcing materials, and fighting the good fight against serious poverty.

She describes is best here.

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Go have a look at their store, like them on facebook, where you can see more examples of the goods and the process (and Marie’s scrumptious son, C), and the next time you’re looking for a unique, handcrafted gift? Consider giving these women your business.

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I was not compensated in any way for this post. I think Marie is a fantastic woman, and I appreciate her dedication to this project.

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