Limited Edition Touch A Life Collection June 13 2017, 0 Comments
Last Christmas, Re:new received an amazing and colorful gift of batik textiles from our friends at Touch A Life!
The textiles had been created and crafted by hand in Ghana, West Africa, at the Touch A Life Care Center in Kumasi. The Center is home to 80 children who have been rescued from forced labor and exploitation. Touch A Life develops creative ways to bring healing and empowerment to those who are suffering, exploited and at-risk around the world. The Touch A Life Care Center is the only long-term care facility for child survivors of forced labor in Ghana.
Batik is a traditional method of creating patterned textiles. Each piece of fabric is stamped by hand with wooden stamps dipped in hot wax. The fabric is then submerged in dye and the wax is rinsed off revealing a pattern.
Emmanuel, Touch A Life’s Art Center Assistant, leads the batik process and loves to share his craft with the the older children in the program.
As Re:new provides a safe space for refugee women to thrive, Touch A Life provides a safe haven for vulnerable children and young adults to grow. The oldest Touch A Life students participate in a program called Life Academy, where they are taking steps toward independence with life skills, therapy, literacy classes and the Sewing Collective. The Sewing Collective teaches students to produce bags and home decor products using mudcloth, leather and batik fabric.
There are so many parallels between Touch A Life and Re:new. Both nonprofits are empowering and training women and children to lead productive, meaningful lives while fulfilling their hopes and dreams.
We are thrilled to be part of the Touch A Life Global Family and we hope you enjoy the limited edition Touch A Life Collection featuring beautiful handmade fabric from Ghana.
Each bag was created in our studio by the amazing refugee Artisans at Re:new. As always, your purchase provides employment and community for refugee women resettled in DuPage County.
We are so grateful for this partnership and with each purchase, Re:new will donate 20% to Touch A Life. You can find the collection here. For more information on Touch A Life’s efforts, visit www.touchalifekids.org.