I think one of my favorite things about traveling (aside from eating amazing food) has to be building cultural awareness, and thus, building more conversation skills. Traveling more means more stories to share. Traveling more means learning more about the world we inhabit. Traveling more means opening our eyes and hearts to people and places far greater than our simple selves. Whether by plane, train, car or your own two feet--traveling to new cities and experiencing a different way of life puts so much of your own life into perspective. It has helped me to be much more adaptive to varying situations in my everyday life at home while also being much more cognizant of what is going on in other parts of the country/world while I'm at home. Most importantly, it has helped build compassion for all different walks of life and the stories they've lived.
All this being said, I'm so thrilled to have recently learned about SERENGETEE--a simple brand supporting artisans and causes through fabrics they find by traveling around the world. I think its incredible that the owners took the stories of their personal travels to then build a company that could support the stories of these fabric makers. Their origin begins with their pocket tees which uses these fabrics on the pockets sewn on so when purchased, 10% of the profits are given to the communities from which these fabrics came from. For example...
The story of the fabric used on this grey crewneck begins in France. The fabric is designed and printed by French artists and artisans. The purchase of this crewneck then gives back to support the A21 Campaign, a non-profit organization seeking to end human trafficking through prevention, protection, persecution, and partnership. This clutch uses handwoven fabric made by traditional weavers in the hills of Peña Blanca. The purchase of this clutch supports impoverished communities around Lake Atitlan.
The company has grown to be able to provide a wide variety of clothing pieces and accessories, thus being able to support more communities and causes around the world. How awesome it is to be able to "wear the world", as Serengetee says, and to be able to incorporate these fabrics into everyday life. I hope for some of these pieces to become conversation starters so I can continue to share these stories and help build cultural awareness--to travel more, learn more, and grow more compassion for people and places beyond my own self. I am happy to be reminded of this everyday by waking up and putting this t-shirt on .