Eternal Threads projects in Afghanistan include carpet-weaving in a remote village, tailoring courses for women and education for village children. However, our involvement in Afghanistan originated in a partnership with Onemaker, an organization founded by a good friend, Jana Harp Dean. Jana lived in Afghanistan for a year and half organizing a jewelry making project to give desperate women an opportunity for income to help their families. Their first product was the beautiful King’s Garden bracelet which continues to be one of our most popular items. Thousands of tiny glass beads are lovingly stitched together to make this exquisite bracelet representing King Zahir Shah’s beautiful gardens. The artisans commemorate the late King whose reign was known for peace, educational opportunities for women and democratic reforms.
Onemaker’s project was turned over to the women when Jana left Afghanistan and the project is now being managed by a new Afghan partner. The women are presently making the beautiful Pearls of Perseverance bracelets in several colors and the Mother’s Love garnet bracelet.
The income received from the making of these bracelets is vital to these women and their families. Just wearing one of their bracelets is a symbol of the global community of women that Eternal Threads strives to create. A community that can support those most in need of our help!!