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MindyNow back in the US and getting myself in gear here. I'm thankful for my strong comrade in the stand against trafficking and providing healthful, respectful work for vulnerable women in Bangladesh, Robin Seyfert of Basha, who shared

Last Days

Jharna, Jackie & Janae at product developmentFinishing sample development, meetings and finishing up my work on the inventory system filled my last days at Motif. It was good to be in the office everyday and spend time with these wonderful co-workers. We even saw one of the women who had left Motif return for work. She knew that Motif would receive her with open arms and provide a safe and consistent place to work.

Last Meals

Family hospitality :)Jackie had meetings to close her time here in Dhaka. She met with a web designer to discuss the plans and possibilities for Motif’s website....

Member of Basha Boutique Care ...

Sunday started with an early morning at the office. Lots of work needs to be done before we leave for Tangail on Monday. We got busy with product development and I worked away on inventory input.

After lunch Jackie and I traveled to Basha. This is a fair trade business...

Janae & ShomaBangladesh Week 1 ... Here we go!

Work began on Saturday as Jackie, Jhorna, and I started on sample development and patternmaking for the new products. I also spent time familiarizing myself with the new inventory program that Shoma and I will be working on together. Sunday was continued work on sample development, and also preparation for the trip to Jessore in SW Bangladesh.

Monday, started early as Jackie and I arrived at the office to meet Mukul and Jhorna. We had the 8 o’clock bus to catch. All four of us and our luggage, piled into a CNG and headed for the bus station. This was a sight. We finally made it to the bus stop and waited a short time for the rain to pass and our bus to arrive. We all hopped on and were...



Hi, I'm Janae Smith - Motif's intern this summer and I've spent the last two weeks with Motif in England. Most of our time was at the Alchemy Exhibition at the South Bank Center in London. The Alchemy festival was a celebration of the rich South Asian culture.

Motif was featured in one of the exhibition’s installations. Part of Motif’s Misty Water fabric collection was incorporated as well as a few bags and scarves designed by Jackie.

Everything...

Up Up & Away!!

May 12, 2014

Up Up & Away - in awareness!

Well that's how it's felt earlier this month! Such an amazing time up in Chicago with dozens of fair traders and hundreds of fair trade fans getting their groove on at downtown Daley Plaza. At the Chicago Fair Trade's FB page you'll get all the evidence...

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