I hope you spend some beautiful calm days between the years. I love these days and took some time for reflections and want to share some personal thoughts with you. This year, the Jungle Folk community grew a lot and it has also gotten more closely knit together.
It`s this what I envision with Jungle Folk; building relationships with you, friends, family and partners as well as with the artisans and craftswomen/men we are working with.
In 2018, I visited our partners and communities in India, Peru, and Portugal to further deepen the relationship with them. These trips have confirmed to me that we are doing the right thing: that we do really have a positive impact on life and that the money we are investing in the production and materials for the Jungle Folk clothes is also flowing to the right hands.
There is, for example, the remote village in the northeast of India, Bhagayan in the department of Jharkhand, where our peace-silk and organic-cotton fabric comes from and which I visited in March this year. The whole village is working with peace-silk, growing the cocoons, spinning the threads and weaving fabrics on handlooms in their simple houses made of clay. There is not much else of economic activity around - even agriculture is difficult in this dry region.
We are so happy that we could weave and dye over 2000 meter of fabric in Bhagayan this year, thereby giving work to some 30 people.