I know everyone else in the entire blogosphere is doing gift lists for Christmas. That's not really my speed but there is one thing I'd like to mention before Christmas, because I just think it's something special.
Halimatu is a little company that is doing great things - making fabric products from around the world (starting with West African wax stamped fabrics) in a fair-trade and ethical way.
The clutches? Divine.
Halimatu was started by Alexis, who was inspired by her time spent living and working in Senegal, West Africa. While there, she fell in love with the brilliant colors and exotic designs of handcrafted fabrics, and came to understand the importance of this craft for the local men and women working to support their families.
The first Halimatu line, which features stylish/modern handbags and adorable stuffed animals (pics after this!) made from fair-trade wax stamped and hand-dyed fabrics from Mali, West Africa. The fabrics are purchased through the Hèrè Jè Project, in Mali. This organization takes women off the streets and gives them an opportunity to earn a fair wage, while providing them with an education, and counseling on family nutrition.
Halimatu is dedicated to providing high quality products made from unique, fair-trade materials from all over the world. The goal is to create sustainable partnerships with organizations working to make a difference in struggling communities by providing artisans with a marketplace to sell their goods.
Which is all good - plus the bags and the stuffed animals are to die for.
So you still have some time to get something amazing for someone special (maybe a son? Niece? Godchild? Yourself?) this Christmas.