Nothing Like A Fresh Mango

It’s mango season here in Pakistan and there is nothing like a fresh mango. And nothing like a fresh mango lassi.

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Lassis are made with fresh yogurt, milk and mango. Sweet from the fruit and full of probiotics from the yogurt, a mango lassi is the go-to drink to cool off in Pakistan’s hot summers. As the world’s fourth largest producer of mangos, Pakistan has no shortage of mangos when they are in season.

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Modern Chic Meets Timeless Classics

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When designing our homes we want the overall effect to be a pleasing whole. The wallpaper shouldn’t fight with the sofa fabric, the styles of furniture shouldn’t compete with each other. You put time, energy and money into creating an authentic space that will be lived in by real people. YOU and your family!

Modern chic is relatively timeless as the basic design elements change only minimally and translate across decades. This is were Bunyaad rugs come in and add a timeless beauty and individuality that make your home personal and a most comfortable place to live in.

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My Love Affair with Weaving

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Fiber artists can be found around the world, using all kinds of fibers from wool to silk to bamboo and hemp, just to name a few. The styles of items produced are as varied as the artists themselves, from elaborate fabric designs, baskets to complex hand knotted rugs. It is an ancient skill that was very useful for clothing, coverings for tents, ship sails and more.

My first experience with weaving came in the form of a Christmas gift from my parents—a Lionel Porter Science kit of a loom modeled by those used in the industrial revolution. So I put the loom together and wove runners and small rugs for my dolls.

I really did not get back into weaving again until my husband and I were doing archaeology in Tennessee and we were gifted a large barn frame loom that was literally stored in a barn.

That began my love affair with weaving that ultimately resulted in six looms. We recently downsized and I am down to one floor loom, a table loom and a journey loom. Still weaving and spinning after all these years, my upstairs loom room looks like a yarn store!

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Fair Trade is a Revolution

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“A bond with customers based on shared values is the strongest bond you’ll ever make,” stressed Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s and currently working with Stamp Stampede, a venture dedicated to getting the money out of politics.

Sitting in the room with over 280 other fair traders at the Fair Trade Federation Conference in Burlington, Vermont last week, I almost stood up and shouted “AMEN.”

Renee Bowers, Fair Trade Federation Executive Director, opened that morning sessions reminding us that “as fair traders, we work to give voice” to those who otherwise would not have as loud of a voice in the world.

And in this week where we celebrate World Fair Trade Day, I want to say thank you to our customers who are using their economic dollar to vote for the change they wish to see in the world.

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The Diary of an Adventurer

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… or adventures on a rug as Gil Melo recalls childhood memories

I have been fond of adventures my whole life. I always look forward to face the dangerous and perilous places around the world.

I have climbed the highest mountains and the deepest seas, visited volcanoes and ran through places full of lava. I’ve flown over numerous canyons and evoked my paleontologist vein into dark caverns.

But there is nothing more exciting than driving my car along sinuous roads, surrounded by cliffs and snowy lanes prone to avalanches, speeding through deserts and sliding over sand dunes.

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