These handmade, embroidered products offer ‘one of a kind’ pieces, created by a woman’s sewing cooperative in Madagascar.
Made from recycled cotton, each individual item is totally unique and offers a stunning present with real purpose. Made by the women of the Stitch Sainte Luce cooperative, the items’ sales bring in valuable income for families in Madagascar; who need our support now more than ever, as 1.15 million people on the island face starvation, due to the world’s first climate change famine.
Stitch Sainte Luce, supported by the charity SEED Madagascar, has taught embroidery, as well as business skills in maths, sales, and English language, to over 100 women. Alongside value incomes, the cooperative has also helped empower women, giving them a creative and social outlet and building self-confidence.
For more information on Stitch Sainte Luce, or to buy products, please visit www.stitchsainteluce.org
For further details on the current food crisis in Madagascar please visit the SEED Madagascar website – www.madagascar.co.uk
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More detail on the Stitch Sainte Luce Cooperative
Stitch Sainte Luce has brought much more than an income stream to the women involved in the project and the craft skills they have learnt have also helped to empower them and give them hope for the future. The women have always been encouraged to develop their own style, rather than being pushed towards Western designs, helping to build their self-confidence and allowing them to progress as artists. Many of the women are exceptionally creative and through collaborative pieces, where several women work on the same article, the Cooperative produces highly detailed and delicate pieces of artwork that are desired by a whole range of customers – from interior designers, schools, African collectors, fellow embroidered, and artists. The result is that these women not only now create one-of-a-kind pieces of art, but have built a closer women’s community, have closed the gender income gap within their households, and have established lifelong skills that ensure financial stability.
“The studio is a place where we can be together as friends. We work together, we talk together, and we laugh together. We need that in our lives”- Esterline
Each of the products that is produced by Stitch Sainte Luce is one of a kind and every item is unique.
Products that can be bought directly from the Cooperative’s website – https://www.stitchsainteluce.org/shop, where you can also learn more about the project and the women involved.
Written By: David Ferguson