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wrapped up

wrapped up

Coming to work at the center on my last daythere were bundles to open.It is good to have presents to open before work.The coreopsis blooms smiled at their marks on cloth. Anna Marie had chosen to dye her scarf in cochineal the day before but after seeing the...

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bundles and blue

bundles and blue

Katie and I traveled the rocky road to work with the ladies as usual. I began by teaching how to build and managean indigo vat. Until their seeds grow for Polygonum tinctoria and woadthey will work with Indigofera tinctoria that I will supply.I brought...

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komera komera

komera komera

There is no doubt in my mind that I have felt more welcome being amongst Rwandans than any other country in my memory. They are respectful, reverent, generous of spirit and heart even in the midst of their dark struggles. Katie has introduced me to many...

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hope springs

hope springs

Day two the dyework began in earnest. Simon interpreted my instructions for Virginia, the dyer,so she can proceed after I leave with a full understanding.We started by soaking the madder roots, which were already ground to make fora quicker extraction of the dye.Then...

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reality

reality

It's been a week now that I been travelling Rwanda. I've met those in utter poverty and chronic sickness, the middle class and the wealthy. Most of the time has been with the poor and it is hard to express the juxtaposition of their complete faith in God's salvation...

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throw down your heart

throw down your heart

A large part of my trip to Rwanda is being with these woman to help open up some new color options in their dye work. It is a collaboration with True Vineyard Ministries, a counseling and support system that works with 35 woman who come to the center each day to...

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heading north

heading north

We had the good fortune to be guests at a traditional Rwandan wedding.On the street outside the host home it was a mix of guests and townspeople.Most exciting for all. The fashions were elegant  I made friends with this group of young ones as we...

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waking up in Rwanda

waking up in Rwanda

My first days in Rwanda have been beyond words. It's a beautiful place full of color, heat, warmth from the people I have met yet also incredibly jarring. Katie and I are staying outside Kigali for a few days at one of her dear friend's farm. Our first morning we...

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into Africa

into Africa

I am winging off to Africa in the morning.Rwanda specific. We moved the flock to a fresh pasture this morningand dear Crystal still takes the last positionbut she sure does love the trek.She and I travel along togetherever so slow but with focus on the reward.Fresh...

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symplocos in stock ~ dried leaf mordant

symplocos in stock ~ dried leaf mordant

 Long Ridge Farm is pleased to be a retail partnerin this most exciting project. The Plant Mordant Project offers natural dyers a unique opportunity to avoid mordants produced by industrial processes and make reliable colors 100% from plants. Powdered leaf...

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