Today’s repurposed post is brought to you in part by the ladies of a fair trade cooperative in northwestern India. These artisans work together in a group called Vishwakarma (see two of the beautiful artisans pictured from Handmade Expressions’ website below), and they supply Ten Thousand Villages with beautifully handmade totes and cushions crafted from textile scraps (they win the honorary Scrap And Salvage award!).
Their last shipment of totes was packaged in pillowcase-like packaging made of recycled saris. The “packaging” was just too stunning to toss aside so I divvied out the cases to some of the other volunteers at our non-profit store and selected a case for myself. The colors are what caught my eye on this number. I love that shade of turquoise! It also has a pretty little decorative sequins pattern sewn on one end.
I simply ripped the seams of the case apart, giving me several feet of fabric to play with. I then removed the tiny velcro tabs, gave the frayed edges a little trim and presto! I have a lovely scarf to dress up or down.
It’s certainly a conversation piece if not a show stopper. Once sari turned packaging turned into everyday accessory. I only hope I’m around when the next shipment arrives! 😉