We're making a couple of additions to our "Friends In Mission" list. One of those is Scarlet Threads which is preparing to introduce a new facet to its mission, this Sunday evening, right here in Midland, Texas.
Under the heading, "Work. Dignity. Beauty." Scarlet Threads describes itself as "a compassionate boutique, specializing in unique products designed and produced by talented seamstresses and artisans in both rural Asia and Uganda. The perfect gift for bridal showers, holidays, or any special occasion, all Scarlet Threads products are fairly traded and created in compliance with our core vision and values. When you purchase one of our beautiful hand-crafted products, you become part of our story by providing a woman with safe and rewarding work."
"The result? Dignity, which is always beautiful and never goes out of style."
It's a mission that covers the a part of America and reaches across the oceans to Africa and Asia ... and will now have a significant West Texas connection. It is a connection VERY MUCH like one I experienced in the summer of 2008, and recalled in a summer 2011 blog post.
"Before long, I started seeing lots of Asian people working in the local grocery store. Then I met Kelli, a woman at church, who told me there were Burmese refugees living in Midland," Scarlet Threads' own blog post recalls. • CLICK HERE to read the rest of that post
... which brings us today ... and an event this weekend in the Tall City.
"Scarlet Threads is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of The Chin Collection, a whimsical custom children's clothing line produced by Burmese refugees living in our community. You can read more about the roots of the project or learn about our vision and meet our seamstresses."
"Our launch party will be Sunday, August 11, 2013, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Midland, Texas. We hope our local friends can join us for a chance to meet our seamstresses, hear our vision, preview our products, and purchase handmade items!"
I hope you can, too!