On Friday (the weekend in the Muslim world) we were given a bit of a break from our busy schedule to go shopping. The main retailer for foreigners to purchase local wares is Aarong.
“Established in 1978, Aarong is a fairtrade organisation dedicated to bring about positive changes to the live of disadvantaged artisans and underprivileged rural women by reviving and promoting their skills and craft. Reaching out to weavers, potters, brass workers, jewellers, jute workers, basket weavers, wood carvers, leather workers and more, Aarong embraces and nurtures a diverse representation of 65,000 artisans, 85% of whom are women.” http://www.brac-aarong.com/index2.php.
Interesting things to buy included purl earrings and necklaces (including pink and black purls):
Kantha embroidery including cushion covers:
With the exquisite tiny hand stitching which creates a soft rippled fabric:
As well as traditional kantha bedspreads including imagery of animals and people:
Wooden products including beautifully carved curry spoons and servers: