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EthnicKraft To Hold Craft and Dance Workshops In KL

Emerging social enterprise EthnicKraft will be holding workshops in Kuala Lumpur     EthnicKraft co., an emerging social enterprise for independent artisans and craftswomen from Sarawak, is holding two workshops on Feb 25th and 26th. These one-of-a-kind workshops taught by Orang Ulu artisans, are being organised by EthnicKraft co. to raise funds for the DTLJ Education Trust (https://www.facebook.com/dtljeducationtrust/ or https://www.dtljedutrust.org/). The trust supports efforts to provide tertiary and special education access to the Orang Ulu youth of Baram, Sarawak. There will be two workshops offered, where proceeds will go to the DTLJ Education Trust: Craft Workshop (Sabu Uleng Beading) During the Craft workshop, participants will learn to understand the colours, selection and stringing of beads to make a traditional necklace called the “Sabu Uleng”. In Kenyah, it means “necklace with red pendant”. Dance Workshop (Datun Julud) The Datun Julud Dance workshop teaches participants basic steps and dance patterns that depict a hornbill in flight which will be led by Rose Awing, a veteran choreographer and crafts master, who has experience in conducting workshops and training across Malaysia and overseas. Datun Julud or the long dance by the ladies is traditionally performed to greet returning warriors, as well as to mark the end of the […]

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Six Podcasts About Sustainable Fashion You Need To Listen To

  Why podcasts are a good way to learn about sustainable fashion I’ll be honest with you: prior to starting this blog, I was not a big fan of podcasts. Sure, I would watch YouTube videos and very rarely listen to a podcast from a local business radio station, but these moments were few and far between. See, I’m a visual person, so I’d rather watch an interview rather than listen to a podcast or a radio interview. Heck, I don’t even listen to the radio anymore because I have my own music playlist to listen to at home or in the car while driving to work. I read my news online and watch media interviews on YouTube, so there’s really no need for the radio. Or so, I kidded myself. After starting this blog, I realised through online interactions with other bloggers that I was missing out on an important resource about sustainable fashion: podcasts. Through a little Internet research (and some recommendations by fellow bloggers), I actually found a number of podcasts on sustainable fashion. I’d like to share them with you here and hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did. BFM’s The Bigger […]

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Five Poems That Inspire Sustainable Living

Because beauty matters Growing up, I spent much of my childhood in bookstore and libraries. I remember that when I was eight or nine years old, my parents would leave me to read to my heart’s content in the local bookstore while they did their marketing at the wet market. I would sit cross-legged on the carpeted floor for at least two hours, just flipping through different books. The manager of the bookstore never seemed to mind because I nearly always purchased a book or two. When I got older, my parents got me a membership at the state library and this is when I discovered books of poetry and limericks. At first I read mostly limericks, but by the time I was a tween, we were studying poetry at school during English class. I was lucky in that my English teachers were passionate about poetry and literature. So it was only natural that I shared their enthusiasm about classic poetry. I remember that in my mid-teens I watched Dead Poets’ Society and became even more enamoured with poetry. I read Wordsworth, Whitman, Thoreau, Frost, Dickinson and Blake, all who remain my favourite poets. Now that I’ve gained a keen […]

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Why A Shopping Fast Is Essential To Your Well-Being

Curbing consumption can actually be healthy If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please. –Epictetus Growing up, my parents consistently drilled in me the need for moderation and doing things steadily instead of rushing headlong into situations. It is the way of most Asian parents (especially if you grew up and live in Asia) and it has its pros and cons. On one hand, it teaches you patience and clarity of thought. However, the focus on moderation can also lead to a lack of motivation and spontaneity. Worse still, overly focusing on moderation can lead to one leading a mediocre life so as not to ‘be too different’ from others. That said, I believe that moderation in the right measure, does not lead to mediocrity. In fact, moderation can be rewarding both financially and emotionally, especially when it comes to making purchases. Those of you who have been reading my blog will know that I was once a regular online shopper of fast fashion, who never had anything to wear. The more I shopped, the more unhappy I became, because I believed my need had yet to be fulfilled. I believed that eventually, I would […]

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Five Ethical Fashion Instagrammers To Follow

Influential Instagrammers you need to know about Ever since I started actively using Instagram, I’ve been adding ethical fashion Instagrammers to my account. True, there are hundreds of these accounts out there, so which ones do you actually need to follow to broaden your ethical fashion education? I’ve narrowed down my original list of 15 Instagram accounts to the 5 essential Instagrammers I believe everyone interested in ethical fashion should follow. Here they are in no particular order: 1. Safia Minney, founder of ethical fashion clothing brand People Tree UK-based Safia Minney is the founder of People Tree and one of the early advocates of the slow fashion movement. She is passionate about the plight of garment workers in developing countries and expresses her views freely on Instagram and Twitter. Definitely worth following. 2. Livia Firth Like Safia Minney, Livia Firth is a tireless campaigner of sustainable fashion and often criticises fast fashion industry practices. She is also the creative director of ethical consulting firm Eco Age and if you didn’t know it, is the wife of actor Colin Firth. Her Instagram posts have a touch of whimsy that are sure to inspire and delight even the most cynical among […]

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