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CWG Chin Women Group, Mae Sot & Burma
CWG Chin Women Group, Mae Sot & Burma
Nu Tae, founder CWG

Chin Women Group (CWG) was founded in Mae Sot, Thailand, in June 2001. The purpose of the group is to provide income for the members of the group, and to help preserve the handicraft skills within the Chin community, by making and selling handicraft items and also recently, by training young women to preserve the skills of traditional handicraft.

The mountainous Chin State in the Northwest of Burma is one of the poorest regions in an already poor country. A large part of the population lives in remote places, struggling to get by with subsistence farming. Other sources of income are very limited, and many young people therefore move away from Chin state and try their luck in Yangon or Mandalay, or across the border in Thailand. They often end up in poorly paid jobs and unstable employment situations, and the Chin region loses a link to the future.

CWG founder Nu Tae decided together with some friends to find a better way to generate income for the Chin people, while at the same time preserving the traditional skills and the culture. In the beginning, the group mainly sold their products at a local market in Mae Sot, but today, Chin Women Group are also working with Borderline Collective for marketing and distribution, hoping to reach a broader consumer base for their handicrafts.

Most of the fabric that CWG uses comes from the Chin state in Burma. It is then transported to Mae Sot, in Thailand, where four young women create bags and accessories with designs that incorporate the traditional fabric into modern designs. In addition to traditional Chin fabric, CWG also uses their own hand-loomed fabric and in the video below you can see how the loom is set up:


You can find products from CWG for rent and for sale on fair-fashionista.com, but if you visit Mae Sot in Thailand, you can buy CWG products at Borderline Collective:

Borderline Collective, 674/14 Intharakiri Road, Mae Sot, Thailand

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Oatmeal recipe, fresh figs and walnuts
Oatmeal recipe, fresh figs and walnuts

Oatmeal is filling and delicious, which makes it great for breakfast. It might not be the most visually pleasing among the breakfast bowls, but add a topping of fresh fruit and nuts, and you will have a bowl that looks just as delicious as it tastes. This recipe is with almond milk, but you can also use regular milk, if you prefer. It does not take more than 10 minutes to make, and it will keep you full for a long time.

Oatmeal Recipe (serves 1)

½ cup (1.25dL) water

½ cup (1.25dL) almond milk

½ cup (1.25dL) rolled oats (without additives, not the instant ones)

½ teaspoon cinnamon

A pinch of salt

A few drops of honey

If you ask my mom, she would tell you that you should only add water and let the oats simmer for a couple of minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients, and that’s probably the right way to do it, but I would just add everything at once. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes until you get the right, thick texture.

Here is my favorite topping:

Fresh figs, walnuts, honey, banana and cacao nibs.

This topping combo always works, but sliced apple and cinnamon is also great with oatmeal. Drizzle a little honey on top and your oatmeal is ready to eat.

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Recipe Danish Kartoffelmad, Open-faced potato sandwich
Recipe Danish Kartoffelmad, Open-faced potato sandwich

The Kartoffelmad (open-faced potato sandwich) is a beloved Danish smørrebrød classic. It is also one of the only vegetarian smørrebrød classics, and if you use vegan mayonnaise, it is vegan too. In Denmark, the open-faced potato sandwich is often sprinkled with bacon, but I have left that out and added sunflower seeds instead for some crunch. You can make the sandwich with all kinds of potatoes, but I think the smaller ones are the easiest to work with, as some of the larger, more mealy potatoes will fall apart when sliced. If you are using small, thin-skinned potatoes, you can leave the peel on.

Ingredients

1 slice of Danish rye bread. Other kinds of multigrain bread or unsweetened sourdough bread also works fine.

2 small boiled, peeled, potatoes

Mayonnaise

Madras curry powder

2 Radishes

1tbsp sunflower seeds

Chives

Directions:

Let the potatoes cool down after boiling. They are easier to work with when completely chilled, so if possible, boil the potatoes the day before.

Spread the mayonnaise on the bread.

Slice the cool potatoes and place the potatoes on the bread.

Spread some mayonnaise over the potatoes.

Sprinkle with curry powder

Slice the radishes and sprinkle over the potatoes

Sprinkle with sunflower seeds

Cut the chives and sprinkle over the potatoes

Ready to serve:)

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Beach towels in handwoven cotton, Weavers & Fair Fashionista
Beach towels in handwoven cotton, Weavers & Fair Fashionista

Sunny days by the beach might feel very far away at this time of the year, but the lead time for the handwoven beach towels is several months, so I have to decide on the designs and patterns for this summer’s collection within the next week.

I am working closely with Weavers in Takeo in Cambodia, and we have experimented with different kinds of thickness for both the fabric and the individual threads. They have come up with a really nice quality that is soft and thick, but light enough to fit in your beach bag.

The beach towels are slightly thicker than a Turkish towel and the individual threads are thicker, so you are in for a warm, comforting hug, when you get out of the water. The beach towels are just the right size for a standard sun bed, but they are also thick enough to use as a blanket, if you are lying directly on the sand or having a picnic in the park. They are 100% cotton, which makes them very absorbent, and they dry quickly in the sun.

You can rent the beach towels for a month at a time, but I am considering making a few of the most popular designs available for sale too. We have many beautiful patterns in production right now, so I am sure you will be able to find the perfect match for you this summer.

Rent the beach towels here >>

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Lemony MX , shawl pins, Mexican dolls, worry dolls, Fair fashionista
Lemony MX , Fair fashionista

I first got to know Alejandra through her food Instagram account @lemontwist_nyc where she shares her love of food and drinks, and it took a while before I found out that that she also has an online shop, where she sells the most adorable accessories and home décor items.

We quickly agreed that we should do something together, and after brainstorming back and forth we came up with the idea to make shawl pins with Mexican dolls. A shawl pin is such an underrated accessory. It makes your shawl stay in place without any bulky knots that will make you look like a strangulated giraffe, and the dolls look adorable on any knitted or woven shawl or wrap.

Alejandra has Mexican origins and she started Lemony MX back in 2019 with the purpose of sharing the passion for Mexico through her designs. Since she was a little girl, she has been fascinated by the vibrant colors used by local artisans, and her business started as a tribute to colorful Mexico. She buys the Mexican dolls from indigenous Mexican artisans and she makes sure that only the best materials are used, and that the products are finished with her special touch. Today, the product range has grown to also include custom made felt dolls and keychains, and everything is created with passion and lots of love.

The shawl pins come with two kinds of dolls:

Mexican Dolls: The cheerful little dolls dressed in colorful dresses will most certainly bring a smile on your face and brighten up your day.

Worry Dolls: It is said that if you tell the little worry doll about your sorrows and fears and place her under your pillow before going to bed, she will make your worries disappear while you are sleeping. Though, because of the sharp pin, I advise against placing the shawl pin doll under your pillow.

Caution: The shawl pin is not a toy and not suitable for children.  

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Lemony MX Shawl Pins ​

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Hungry Bird Eats, Nordic Crisps
Hungry Bird Eats, Nordic Crisps

The Nordic crisps, or knækbrød, as we call it in Denmark, from Hungry Bird Eats are healthy crackers packed with seeds and baked with olive oil. They are free from additives, super tasty and highly addictive. Perfect as a snack on the go, but even better together with cheese or different kinds of spreads such as my super easy feta cheese dip that everybody loves.

Hungry Bird Eats was founded in Brooklyn in 2016 by my high school friend, food entrepreneur and architect Tina Diep from Denmark. Tina began her quest for creating a better snack after learning that her 1-year old son Ike was allergic to nuts and soy. Tina found that most snack foods on the market are heavily processed and contained these allergens, she decided to come up with her own. Hungry Bird Nordic crisps are inspired by the traditional Danish knækbrød (rye crispbread. She began sharing her creations with neighbors and friends, until she finally launched her first Hungry Bird Nordic Crisp product, Rye + Sea Salt, an addictive slow-card baked snack made of organic rye flour lightly touched with olive oil and packed with superfood ingredients such as organic chia seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. The sea salt crisps were followed by the addition of a second hand-made Nordic Crisp product, Multi-Seeds + Oregano, made entirely with gluten-free ingredients.

Visit the Hungry Bird Eats website and read more about the products and the story behind >>

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Handwoven tea towels
Handwoven tea towels

When it comes to kitchen decor, tea towels are really underrated. The right towels can add a dash of pastel-colored shabby chic or French country kitchen and work wonders for your kitchen.

I prefer the tea towels in my kitchen to have different styles, but matching colors, but otherwise, I am fairly openminded. I have a whole stack of tea towels at home and I use them for many other things than just drying glasses. Here are some other ways to use tea towels:

If you fold a tea towel once, you have a nice, rustic placemat. Fold it one more time and use it as a trivet.

I have plenty of oven mitts and potholders, but I always end up using a tea towel, to get stuff in and out of the oven.   

If you put fresh-baked bread in a plastic bag, the moisture condenses and leaves the bread soggy. Wrap the bread in a tea towel instead, after it has cooled off.

Tea towels also looks great as breadbasket or fruit basket liners.

After the tea towel has served its time in the kitchen, it is great for polishing shoes and metalware.

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Dog bandanas, sustainable dog fashion

Dog bandanas, sustainable dog fashion

For a long time, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a line of dog accessories to Fair Fashionista. I am always looking for new ideas to further minimize waste, and dog bandanas seemed like a perfect way to make use of old clothes and fabric scraps.

Last time I was in Dubai, I walked by a fabric store in Satwa. The shop was moving, so they had a sale, and outside the shop was a big box of leftover trimmings which they were selling by the piece. I walked inside and asked, if there was a chance, I could buy the entire box with a discount, and the owner quickly agreed. I think he figured that customers in need of short pieces of leftover trimmings were rare, so he gave me a good price, and I could walk away as the owner of 33lbs of mixed trimmings:)

The bandana I have made ties in the neck and slides over the collar, which is a good way to ensure that the bandana is not too tight. The bandanas are made from leftover fabric, and each item is unique. The perfect accessory for the fair fashionista dog.

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The Slip Dress, Fair Fashionista Blog
The Slip Dress, Fair Fashionista Blog

A slip dress is such a versatile piece, and I am a big fan. You can wear it with a jumper and sneakers for a casual, yet elegant look, or pair it with heels and a nice bag and you are ready for a night out.

We just finished working on our slip dress, just in time for the fall season, so I thought I would share a little sneak peek behind the scenes.

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Visiting Yary from CWSG
Visiting Yary from CWSG

The last time I was in Cambodia, Yary from CWSG asked me, if i wanted to come by for coffee one of the days? I would love to, so one Sunday afternoon, Kanary and I took a tuk-tuk to the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where Yary lives with her daughter and their dog Panda.

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