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Friday
Nov022012

humanity

Featuring 150 images sourced from a major international photography exhibition, humanity: a celebration of friendship, family, love & laughter is everything its subtitle claims.

The subjects and settings of each photo are as diverse as the earth—in age, geography and locale. We’re reminded of just how small the world we share truly is, as the underlying theme of humanity connects us all.

Friday
Oct192012

redefined: the family

Awhile back, CB2 team members were invited to participate in a photo shoot highlighting their family and family of friends.

In the process we got to know ‘who’s who’ in each other’s family and learned that, much like the range of colors in the family rug, they varied greatly—especially when it came to family pets.

We hope you enjoy the outtakes as much as we did creating them!

Monday
Jul162012

the making of: the family rug

First, recipes are prepared which will dye the natural wool to match specified colors.

Bunches of spun yarn are then loaded into a dyeing cabinet—boiling water is added along with the dye coloring—for 3-4 hours of dyeing time. Yarns are ready for tufting after drying in both a machine and warm sunlight.

Next, heavy cotton canvas—which will be the back of the rug—is stretched and nailed to an iron frame.

The pattern design is then transferred to the stretched cotton with the use of stencils—which leave outline markings for tufters to follow.

Since the pattern of the family rug is fairly graphic—using a lot of straight lines and blocks of colors—tufting is much like coloring in the lines while kneeling on the floor…or balancing on a scaffold for the larger 8x10’ version.

Tufting is the process of punching the yarns with a hand-tool through the canvas and back to create the pile—much like blades grass which stand up through soil.

When the entire rug is completely tufted, liquid latex is painted onto the backing which will help hold the weavings in place. Once dried in natural sunlight, the rug is removed from the iron frame, the edges are cut, rolled and stitched under.

And even though the pile is trimmed to an even length by a machine, well trained eyes ‘knit pick’ loose yarns with scissors and skilled hands. Finally, each rug is inspected, rolled and packed for shipping.

Thursday
Jun302011

one of a finds: kamba sisal baskets

Bawa La Tumaini in Kenya, which translates to ‘Wing of Hope’ in English, buys raw materials and pays only women to produce products such as baskets, jewelry, etc.

By marketing and managing the goods so they can be delivered to customers and retailers, Bawa La Tumaini is a bridge to greater prosperity and education for many families in Africa. In the process, they educate women on issues of equality and provide the financing needed for them to become independent with 75% of the proceeds going to the tribe.

Most aspects of hand-made African art pieces have significance and here, the green fabric lining represents the earth and the orange represents the sun.Bawa La Tumaini works with many independent village-based groups whose members work from their homes then meet weekly at a central location within the village to bring in the products they have been working on, and to be briefed or debrief on production.

These small producers are geographically spread out and usually each tribe has its own specialty—ie, different tribes specialize in different products or techniques.

Traditional basket weavers who live in the semi-arid region of the South Eastern province of Kenya, the weavers of the kamba baskets are The Ladies of the Kamba community.

Once The Ladies finish weaving a number of baskets, and a quality control team does its work, a different group sews the lining inside. This invites more than one group to the process—so the positive economic impact can be shared with as many families as possible.

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—the kamba baskets are sold as a set of 2, one of each, and have a release of 200.

Note: this one of a find will be available mid-October.