Friday, July 23, 2010

GoodWeave's Faces of Freedom

Here at ecoFiber Custom Rugs, we are proud to be a Goodweave certified dealer, and we ensure that no child had a hand in the making of any of our rugs.

Because we truly believe in Goodweave’s commitment to ending child labor practices in the rug industry and think it’s important people educate themselves on the importance of buying a child labor free rug, I encourage everyone to check out Faces of Freedom, a traveling exhibition sponsored by RugMark and the U.S. fund for UNICEF.

According to their web site:
“The beauty of a hand woven carpet is inextricably linked to the people who make it. Yet today approximately 250,000 children weave the rugs that adorn North American and European homes. RugMark, the organization behind the Goodweave certification program, gives these children hope. The GoodWeave child-labor-free certification program not only rescues and educates thousands of child laborers, it is transforming the industry that impacts them.”

While buying an eco-friendly rug that uses both natural fibers and vegetable dyes is also important, here at ecoFiber Custom Rugs, we also think making sure the rugs are made by fairly compensated adult artisans in Nepal is of equal importance.

The exhibition, which is currently displayed at Miami International Airport until July 31 and at Odegard in Chicago until August 31 “takes you behind the looms and inside the carpet factories of South Asia. The images, captured by photo documentarian, filmmaker and human rights educator U. Roberto Romano, are displayed in their entirety on this website. They will connect you to the positive, real-life difference that the GoodWeave program is making - and we hope that they inspire you to take action.”

>>Get more information on Faces of Freedom and find out where and when the exhibition will be displayed next

Photo by U. Roberto Romano from his Faces of Freedom exhibition

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