Rugs Like No Other - Ten Thousand Villages presents: Oriental Rug Event 2015

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When you walk into a store looking for a nice rug, ever wonder where that rug came from? Rugs come from various parts of the world but only some carry that true value that can last up to 100 years. What many don't know about Ten Thousand Villages Lethbridge location is that every two years, they showcase rugs that are handmade from artisans in third-world countries. Artisans who craft these handmade-knotted rugs are given an opportunity to make a difference in their lives by selling these rugs to organizations like Ten Thousand Villages.

 

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit organization with over various locations in Canada that sells decorative fair trade products sold by artisans from rural countries like Africa, Afghanistan, Peru, India, Vietnam and more. In 1946, artisans and the Mennonite Central Committee built what Ten Thousand Villages is today by supporting people from third-world countries with fair-trading. Preventing unethical labours like child labour to occur, Ten Thousand Villages and a group of artisans from Pakistan started a Bunyaad rug committee with a mandate of helping families and individuals break free from poverty.

 

Every year this rug event travels across North America, showcasing these handmade rugs at most Ten Thousand Villages locations. Ten Thousand Villages was honoured to present and share the information about these rugs in Lethbridge. Current Lethbridge store manager Diane Questin hopes to sell these rugs to support children and families in third world countries who suffer from poverty. Unaware of specific guidelines on these rugs, Questin invited an expert who witnessed these rugs that were handmade by craftsmen in Pakistan known as Bunyaad, to educate Questin, her volunteers and the public.

 

Late Pakistani rug artisan, known as Pastor Chaman, developed a team of rug artisans known as Bunyaad. Bunyaad’s current Canada Rug Program representative and Ten Thousand Villages store manager of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gwen Repeta, has been working with the team for 12 years and made her way to Lethbridge on April 24th. Educating Questin and the public about these rugs, Repeta expresses the difference that local consumer can make for artisans when they purchase these rugs.

 

“These rugs can be apart of your life, meanwhile the artisans are getting education, work, [rent] payments on time. It’s a huge difference we made and continue to make,” says Repeta.

 

Repeta considers herself a bridge that helps build both perspectives from Pakistani artisans and Canadian consumers. Making her visits to t Pakistan and meeting the artisans on a personal level, Repeta experienced the culture of these native Pakistani. Repeta saw the hardship that is put on the artisans but witnessed the positive changes that Bunyaad has created by helping them sell their rugs. Believing in ethical consumerism, Repeta makes it her goal to share the artisans’ stories by showcasing these rugs to Canadian stores who request her to influence fair trade and Bunyaad rugs to the public. Being the first certified name in fair-trading by the World Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages continues to address the public about the ethical consumerism.

 

Visit Ten Thousand Villages store to view these beautiful Bunyaad rugs as the Oriental Rug Event ends May 9th and moved to the Edmonton store location.

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Posted on:
Thursday, April 30, 2015