Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The flour-bag shirt

One of the things Heather has done to help Kenyans is working with a ministry called "Beacon of Hope". Their focus is helping people "infected or affected by AIDS". AIDS-awareness is a large area of education, as well as teaching many how to provide for themselves through a useful skill. Tailoring (sewing) is one.

As a cost-saving measure, people are taught to sew using heavy paper, rather than cloth. Thus the flour-bag shirt.

We visited the training center this week with our visiting friends.


Blogger janiners said...

that's pretty awesome and very resourceful! honestly, I could see it easily becoming the latest fashion here in America, minus the actual paper, maybe.

Thu Jul 13, 07:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger The Pocknalls said...

That is great!

I like to buy cards made by some women in Kibera. The cards are made from recycled materials, and the money goes to aids victims in the slum.
I think their web site is

Fri Jul 14, 04:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Nairobi Paul said...

I love the stuff from Kibera Paper too! I bought 3 cards at a bazaar and can't bring myself to give them away. I plan to frame them after we return to the States. We're semi-planning to send some out as Christmas cards this year.

And yes, you never know, maybe paper shirts will become all the rage!

Sat Jul 15, 12:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger The Pocknalls said...

I have framed quite a few of the cards and have them around our house, plus have given them away as gifts. They look really good framed.

Tue Jul 18, 04:06:00 AM PDT  

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