2 year anniversary!

Almost 3 years ago, my friends the Bryants asked if I was ready to go from home-sewing to big girl manufacturing. Not just manufacturing, but to be a part of an amazing mission: to provide jobs for the most oppressed and marginalized of society. 

2 years ago, in September 2013, I got serious and visited Nepal and India to make some connections, shop for fabric for my first line of children's clothing, and work on patterns with the beginnings of the Purnaa team!

Y'all reminisce with me here...

Bhaktapur Durbar Square with Katrina, the weather was amazing in September.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square with Katrina, the weather was amazing in September.

Katrina Bryant and I met at Shoreline Church in Destin, FL when we had our first babies. I brought her a meal, and a few weeks later, she brought me one.

She spent many of her childhood years in Nepal, and the country still holds a special place in her heart. Her family decided to go back to start Purnaa, an ethical garment manufacturing business, in effort to fight poverty and modern-day slavery, and bring opportunity and hope to survivors.

Katrina is a terrific travel buddy. She is ready to engage locals in friendly banter in THEIR language and will not be ripped off. Many cab drivers totally try to over-charge unknowing American tourists. Not Katrina!

Katrina smiles sweetly and says, come on, Evan, it's safe enough! 

Katrina smiles sweetly and says, come on, Evan, it's safe enough! 

It wasn't so bad.

It wasn't so bad.

American Embassy School on one side, slums on the other in Delhi.

American Embassy School on one side, slums on the other in Delhi.

Delhi fabric market square... not exactly what I imagined, but still a fabric-lovers paradise!

Delhi fabric market square... not exactly what I imagined, but still a fabric-lovers paradise!

Kuku was proud of his beautiful ikat fabrics. "Look at my beautiful ikat," he said.

Kuku was proud of his beautiful ikat fabrics. "Look at my beautiful ikat," he said.

The fabric for my Saylor Shorts came from Kuku's shop. The shorts are made with printed denim, but the print is on the wrong side of the fabric (on purpose)! He had an extra bundle printed just for me before we left Delhi.

Shopping for fabric & notions in Nepal with Preston and Annie of AreRetro.

Shopping for fabric & notions in Nepal with Preston and Annie of AreRetro.

Katrina and Bikash, one of Purnaa's first hires, reviewing applications in the office.

Katrina and Bikash, one of Purnaa's first hires, reviewing applications in the office.

At this point, Purnaa only had Bikash in the office and Dadhi helping with patterns and sewing. The team has grown exponentially! Check them out here: Meet the team!

Discussing patterns and specifications with Dadhi, master tailor.

Discussing patterns and specifications with Dadhi, master tailor.

Corban Bryant, and Preston & Mirjam Thiessen outside the Purnaa building.

Corban Bryant, and Preston & Mirjam Thiessen outside the Purnaa building.

If only my mom had seen me on one of those bikes riding around the crowded, rocky, dusty streets of Kathmandu...

View from the rooftop of the Purnaa building at dusk. Kathmandu, Nepal.

View from the rooftop of the Purnaa building at dusk. Kathmandu, Nepal.

I can't even imagine another way to manufacture. It's imperative that a designer know the people and processes behind their products so she can sell them with a clear conscience. I'm very proud of my work.

I look forward to years of working together as we both grow, and can't wait for another visit soon! 

"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands."

Psalm 90:17