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The 5 skirts

I joined the Group Trade Justice to Help end Slavery found here:
http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/1127

But I have not been active yet in it. It is something I think it really important to think about and understand though. A lot of places use what are known as "sweatshops" to create their products. It is where the workers are not treated fairly or make a real wage but are forced to work at poverty or even slave wages so the owners can become rich themselves. It is a disgrace and will stop within a few years as people grow more aware of the world around them. I want to do my part to help raise the awareness that this is going on and to highlight that these are people or even children that this is happening to. I will use my training I receive as a Pulsewire Correspondent to help end this terrible injustice.

I rarely buy clothes just for myself since we are still working on achieving some financial stability in our lives. This last Christmas though the girls insisted I buy myself some skirts that I drooled over each time we passed that one store in the mall that featured clothes from India. I was always torn between wanting those lovely skirts and knowing the people who made them probably were basically slaves. But at Christmas time this last year my daughters insisted I buy myself some. We went in and looked since it was the time of year when Joy is the main feeling for us. We spread out and looked at what interested us most. I was drawn to a sale rack of skirts and tops that were so gorgeous.

They were on sale for $26 each and I drooled over how beautiful and colorful they were. They had both fancy and plain styles and were the full length look that I adore. I ended up choosing both a plain and a fancy one in White and Black with a white sleeveless top to go with them. For my "pirate" side I chose a purple one that has a tie-up corset/bodice look to it. (Why is it I can never remember the names of things when I finally sit here to type these?) with an adorable pink ruffled lace-y sleeveless top.

In my "pirate outfit" I feel gorgeous and powerful, like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I have to believe that the woman who made it wove a prayer into it. That as she wore her fingers to the bone and her body aching from working so long and so hard for so little that she created this outfit just for me. Or for someone like me, anyway. that she wove prayers of love and support and courage. That somehow she knew that the person buying this particular skirt and top would be one who would help free them.

"Wear it and feel bold and powerful, my pirate friend." I hear her whisper as she sews it together. "Remember us and work for us and this is our gift to you."

In return for the beauty of the skirt and how good it makes me feel I will work hard to raise awareness of this issue and help change people's hearts.

Maria

Comments

aliĝngix's picture

Sounds Nice

I like how you connect with people, even through skirts. That people have wishes. That people have dreams. That even when they are being oppressed, you remember them, and can speak for them until they can find a time to use their own voice.
There is this group:(forgive me if the link doesn't work, it's on the third page too) http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/8567 It is about fair trade and what you can do to support it if you are interested.
See you around, and happy for you and your Pirate skirt! To Fair Trade.

Maria de Chirikof's picture

People

I think it is important to know about who made your cloths, your food, your electronics, it is how we will change the world. I know I still feel guilty abut using the free cell phone that came with my account since Motorola also has a division that supports the killing of innocents. I will buy new cell phones when I can though and make sure they are as harm-free as I can find.

I was recently at Best Buys to buy a new mouse for my computer and the sales guy almost laughed when I said I wanted a "green" one or as green as they had right then. We need to raise awareness and make it popular to shop for products that are truly harm-free. It is like with smoking and how people said it would be impossible to create any non-smoking place and now a few years later it is common place, so it can happen and we must work toward it.

I love my skirts and thank the woman who made them,

Maria

LauraB's picture

I love this line

Maria,

In my "pirate outfit" I feel gorgeous and powerful, like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I have to believe that the woman who made it wove a prayer into it. Really this is very spiritual and I do believe that your powerful living, breathing
body is giving back to the woman who made that treasure.

I bet you look unbelievable in your Indian skirts. How about post a photo? We'd love to see you.

Laura

Maria de Chirikof's picture

thanks

Thank you Laura for your interest in my articles! I am leery of posting images of myself online. I only did this one because it was part of our VOF and I realize it is important to creating the connections with everyone. I do hope that if they are in a sweatshop that they do know many woman care and are working together for them and others like them.

hugs,

Maria

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