Friday, May 27, 2016

Peace Of Thread

The mission of Peace of Thread is to employ refugee women in vulnerable populations by producing high quality, one of a kind purses, bags, and accessories using repurposed or upcycled materials, and to engage in activities which are necessary while promoting peace.

As it welcomes refugees from the world's bitter conflicts, the small town of Clarkston, Georgia has become home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in America. Such an unique status crops up in many ways and places. At Pecha Kucha Volume 28, I shared a stage with Kitti Murray, who spoke of her Refuge Coffee Company, a non-profit business that serves the needs of that global village. A good friend of this blog welcomes the newly arrived, as other Americans once did her father. My exploration of Clarkston led me to Peace of Thread, where glorious fabrics from ADAC: Scalamandre, Schumacher, Oscar de la Renta, Grey Watkins, to name but a few, become those lovely bags. Each bears a card signed by its maker, and a dove of peace lives by a thoughtfully placed inner pocket. "The bags should be just as pretty inside as they are outside," believes Founder & CEO Denise Smith. Much of the work takes place at home, so families remain together. Please look for Peace of Thread in Booth 148 on Clairmont Avenue at this weekend's Decatur Arts Festival.

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