The art of embroidery has been passed down through generations in Haiti; girls learn from their mothers. This summer Haiti Projects is keeping the tradition alive by offering an embroidery course to young women in Fond des Blancs. Enite, Carolle, and Jeannine, three of Haiti Projects most experienced embroiderers, are teaching the 35 young women to embroider. The young women gather three days a week to learn no less than 15 different stitches. Once they have mastered each stitch, they use the stitches to embroider a fruit basket and then more complicated designs. The class is bonding young women with experienced embroiderers and talents are developing. Someday, when the young women are done with school, we hope that some will select sewing and embroidery as a profession and offer their skills to Haiti Projects.
Haiti Projects’ artisana is committed to producing high quality handmade products, products that can compete with high end items from around the world and products that the women can be proud to create. A number of quality control procedures and trainings ensure that every item the artisans create is beautiful.. More importantly, the women, all 90, are continually trained to hone their embroideray and sewing skills as part of a professional development program. Other training programs Haiti Projects runs include financial literacy traning, health and hygine program and literacy programs.
Quality control starts with the purchase of only the highest quality materials from the US, France, Ireland, and Haiti. The fabrics and threads are measured by one of our top supervisors and then cut and then distributed to the artisan embroiderers. Once the embroidery is complete, each item must make it through a quality assurance team of 3 women. Items that make it through the team are then sent to be washed and ironed and then returned for a final look by the quality assurance team.
After years of examining workmanship the women know what to look for- loose threads, incorrect measurements, and little marks. Ella, who leads the team, says that quality control is important to ensure that the work will be respected.
Haiti Project is poised for growth! A new sewing project is underway at the Haiti Projects' sewing cooperative. Haiti Projects, together with Hand/Eye, is working on desiging a new set of wine bottle gift bags for a new high-end customer in New York.
Each bag is hand drawn, embroidered, and embellished with sequins and beads. These new products will be available to customers at haitiprojects.org in the late spring of 2014.
The goal of this project is to generate enough new purchases to support a second shift for our women's sewing cooperative and to have a constant supply of work for the women.
Every purchase makes an impact and your donations are critical to our ongoing success. The income Haiti Projects generate from purchases of products is sent directly back to the women on our payroll. These women work hard to feed, clothe and educate more than 500 children in Fond des Blancs. Your purchases will also support the women's health care clinic that focuses on family planning, and the community library that works to offer educational opportunities, including high speed internet through our cyber cafe to the adults and children in the community.
Thanks for your ongoing support!!