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These braided triple-wrap bracelets ($18 to $38) come in a variety of colors. They're available at a number of local retailers like Neiman Marcus and Forty Five Ten.
They are colorful swatches of fabric, made into dinner napkins, zipper pouches and tablet cases, but they are also so much more than that.
The exquisite textiles are sewn by five women from Burma, Iran and Tunisia who now live in Dallas and work for Gaia, a company that helps empower marginalized women through employment.
Founder Paula Minnis believes in the concept of “conscious consumerism.” After leaving a job in the corporate world, she developed the idea for Gaia while mentoring women through the International Rescue Committee.
Fast-forward to now, when Minnis, a merchandise coordinator, and the women all work together to design, sew and sell the vintage-like goods. The fabrics come from estate sales, flea markets and antiques malls, and to say the products have been well received, well, all you need to do is look at the long list of retailers who sell them: Neiman Marcus, Forty Five Ten, Tootsies and Duo, to name a few.
We adore the lovely tablet cases ($62), both pretty and practical, as well as the fanciful bracelets ($18 to $38).
Minnis just filled a large order for Neiman’s Cusp stores, and she says she hopes to expand soon with a baby line, fittingly allowing Gaia to spread goodwill to another generation.
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