Friday, November 27, 2009


Tuesday we were supposed to go visit another village that was about 3 1/2 hours away, but after about 3 hours we weren't even half way there. The traffic was stopped because millions of people in Dhaka were leaving the city to go to the villages to celebrate Eid. Our driver told us that if we were to try and keep going the whole trip would have been 20 hours! So, sadly we turned around. We were also told that the trip for the next day should also be canceled because of the traffic - we were so disappointed. This meant that we might as well fly home because we could not travel at all, we were ready to change our flight. But we got a second opinion and we were told to leave extra early - so we did and we made it! (Although there was major traffic on the way back, we arrived back at our guesthouse at 1am!)

weaving silk and pineapple thread
This project was working on pineapple thread. Here she is weaving pineapple and silk threads together to make an expensive piece of fabric.

hand tying the pineapple thread together
The threads of pineapple are only about a foot long so they HAND TIE each thread together, that's what makes this expensive!

Pineapple fiber in raw form
The pineapple fiber in raw form.

working on pineapple thread

hand tying EACH thread.. it's a lot of work
Hand tying each thread...


spinning thread

drying thread

The women of Boniful
We visited another paper project, Bonoful. These women were talking to me in Bengali and pointing at my camera, so I took a picture of them. When I showed them the photo on the camera they laughed so hard, it was great!

marbled paper
Making marble paper, genius.

cutting up cotton scraps to make paper
They used left over cotton scrap from mills to make cotton paper. These women are cutting the scraps up.

Soap from Sacred Mark
My favorite project was the Sacred Mark. Women who want to leave their form lives of being prostitutes come here to work. They are put through a year of training on how to enter into a normal life again, and they are trained on how to make natural soaps. It was very, very moving being there. More here.

Sacred Mark

Deepa Showing us how they make the soap


Cafe Pasadena said...

Great stuff!!
Hurry back with more!

Shannalee said...

Wow. It has been such a treat reading about your trip, Amanda, particularly about Sacred Mark. I wonder if we can buy that soap here in the States? I'll look into it.

Shokoofeh said...

Wow what a post Amanda!
I love the photos, colors, women clothes, their smiles, the job which is absolutely "art", the information, everything about this post is awesome!


Amanda Mae said...

Thank you Shokoofeh!! :)

Shannalee - you can buy the soap at a store called Thousand Villages - its a great fair trade store. I'm hoping someone else will order too... Maybe I will place an order for a few hundred and sell them myself! :)

Aud said...

Amanda!! These are incredible photos! So, so beautiful! I can't wait to see you two and hear all the stories. Much love my sister!

Shannalee said...

Awesome! Believe it or not, I was just at an event last night that had a fair trade gift shop, with stuff from Thousand Villages. Didn't know it was the same thing!

Lainey Seyler said...

so cool! what an amazing group of women!

Sara said...

Beautiful women and colours and photos. And a beautiful cause! I love this :)