Wow! Dont you just love an unexpected phone call with good news?
I was contacted by Deb, from ETWA, who has been working in Los Palos for 2 years, supporting a large weaving group. They have a new range of products to produce using their hand-woven fabric and are looking for a sewing room that can provide a high and constant standard of quality.
She arranged to visit belekria yesterday, and she left 5 samples/ patterns for us to have a go. Its a bit of a dream for us. We LOVE the hand-woven “tais” fabric that women produce here in Timor, but right from the start we were reluctant to make products with it as we didn't want to compete with some of the other great NGOS such as Alola and ETWA.
But this opportunity would mean we get to work with the tais fabric, and produce beautiful items in partnership with one of these NGO’s. A perfect mix!
Deb has 2 questions for us…. will the quality be good enough and consistant? And will our charges be affordable?
If successful, it will mean a relatively constant source of income for Belekria.