Miles to go... Journal - Ethical Fair Trade Gifts – The Fair Trader

Miles To Go... Journal

Matr Boomie

  • $64.95

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This Fair Trade Leather Journal is a perfect gift for a friend going travelling, or loves to draw or a present for your favourite man.  The leather cover is transferable to another paper journal when you have filled every page of this one with special memories....

  • The journal measures 18.5cm x 26cm.
  • An atlas design embossed into the cover
  • "Miles to Go' in the left bottom corner.   
  • 144 pages of paper made from up-cycled cotton waste.
  • Compostable
  • Vegetable Tanning
  • Handmade. 

Sourced by Matr Boomie, a Fair Trade Organisation that focuses on finding markets for disadvantaged Artisan Groups. This leather Journal is made a social class called Chamar, which excludes them from other classes of society and severely limits their resources. About 30 families formed a development group. The caste stigma is gradually diminishing as artisans make economic and social progress. Housing, sanitation, and health care access have improved, and children are attending school. Through access to trade, the village was able to realise its dream of opening its first school for girls. Perfect!

Where the leather comes from:

In a vegetarian region of Rajasthan, India, the cultural art of leather craft and tooling is inherited through the generations. Cows are revered here, and hides are obtained only after an animal dies of old age or natural causes. Our leather is tanned using a vegetable tanning method, which protects the environment and tannery workers from toxic chemicals. Artisans then use water-based dyes or oils to colour the leather. With a set of hand tools, each artisan applies love and skill to cutting, stitching, embossing and embroidering our leather journals, bags, and accessories.
The paper is 100% recycled cotton paper is made by artisans in Rajasthan, India, following a generations-old process. First, discarded cotton scraps are collected from the textile industry. Cotton is broken down into fibres using a traditional wheel press and then soaked overnight. Next, the pulp is strained, pressed into pages and hung to dry. After ironing, crisp pear goes either into journals or into the hands of artisans for screen-printing, embroidery or patchwork. The entire process is tree-free, non-toxic, and conserves and filters water for reuse in irrigation.

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