When I was growing up in the former Soviet Union, March 8th, International Women's Day, was a really big deal. In school, boys made postcards for girls and many brought in flowers or other special goodies (prodded by their parents, of course). We made gifts and special cards for our teachers, sisters, mothers and grandmothers. And wherever you went, you would say "Happy March 8th!" to any women you met.
I have to confess that I really miss this holiday since we've been living in the United States. A friend, who is a fellow immigrant, suggested that Valentine's Day can take it's place, but I disagree -- they celebrate two very different things. What I love about International Women's Day is that it focuses on and honors the amazing strength and power of women. And I know more than one woman who is juggling a million responsibilities -- including work, kids, family, household chores, etc. -- and who wouldn't mind one bit if she were celebrated one more day of the year. (Yes, this is a very unabashed hint to my husband, I'm shameless.)
So here at Daily Grommet we wanted to celebrate International Women's Day by featuring some amazing women from around the world and the unique Grommets they've made and inspired, including:
Indika Tree of Life Applique, which is hand-stitched by three women in India over a period of three days. These women have formed a cooperative to create their art and have improved the lives of their families with hard work.
Haiti Projects -- Hand- Embroiderd Nightgowns, a womens' sewing cooperative is a program of Haiti Projects, Inc, an organization that supports the economic livelihood of the people of Fonds des Blancs, Haiti. They hand-embroider sleeveless, white cotton, hand-embroidered nightgowns.
We hope you'll take a moment to check out these special Grommets and of course, we wish you a happy March 8th!