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5 Ways Fair Trade Can Change Your Life

In the world of negative work, where you are controlled, where power prevails and you are a mere functionary, everything is determined by an ethic of competition. In the world of creative work, where your gift is engaged, there is no competition. The soul transfigures the need for competition. [...] The rhythm of soul is the surprise of endless enrichment.   John O’Donohue It seems as though no matter where you turn, Fair Trade products are easier than ever to find and purchase. Even your local grocery store likely stocks at least one Fair Trade item, whether it be clothing, housewares, or foodstuffs like chocolate and coffee. But why buy Fair Trade? For some, the knowledge that their money is...

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Meet the Makers: Loon

Loon is from the Baan Sam Prow village in Thailand and has been making textiles since she was thirteen years old. She has been crafting lovely fabrics for over twenty years. She is a single mother to three children and also takes care of her mother. While experiencing various challenges throughout her life, such as her husband leaving her family five years ago, she has remained resilient in providing support for her family by working multiple jobs. When she isn’t making beautiful textiles, you can find her tending to rice fields during the rice growing season. She is immensely skilled in her textile craft with fast hands and the ability to see a sketch and form the pattern soon after...

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Step Into Fair Weather With Fair Trade Fashion

The rumors are all true, friends: spring has most certainly arrived! Here in the Pacific Northwest we have leapt across the equinox into a brave new world where sunshine and rain play tag throughout the day, every street corner seems alive with crocuses and daffodils, and honeybees are once again humming their favorite tunes in the cherry-blossom branches. The days of outdoor picnics, summer markets, and long warm nights might seem miles away, but the fresh breeze is an invitation to fresh fashion and new looks. And what better way to celebrate springtime than to declare your love for the planet with ethical fashion and the versatile new arrivals from Same Thread? Partly sunny? Throw a cardigan or denim jacket...

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You Don't Need to go to the Beach to Enjoy Some Sand!

I’m currently in love with how versatile these sand colored pieces are. One day I was feeling bold and decided to pair my sand colored tank with a vivid patterned skirt which turned out to be a really fun outfit to conquer my day in, especially since the sun had decided to appear from amidst the clouds and shine all over Seattle. You can also style your sand colored dress with one of the cropped motto jackets to add some color and pattern, or just wear it by itself for a nice chic look. This color is definitely one that I’ll be stocking my closet with as it can be easily transformed into multiple looks to be worn in different...

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The Textile Making Process: Fashioning Art With Our Hands

The textiles that form our Same Thread apparel go through quite the intricate process to be made, and some of the dyes within our textiles require a different process than others. Our colors originate from plants that are fermented for up to two weeks. After fermentation, the color turns into a mud-type substance that remains in special pots where salt is added in order for the color to remain. Some colors, such as pink and yellow, must be boiled, and from there the cotton is tied and soaked in the dye. Soaking the cotton may be repeated a few times, and then the actual weaving practice begins. This entire process is all done by hand- whoa! Textile making is a...

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