This blog post was written by Kate Fisher, Co-owner/Creative Director of Synergy. She is currently visiting India and Nepal, working with our manufacturers and checking in on our factories.
It was very sweet to be back in Pushkar after 7 years. It felt like a pilgrimage for me, back to a place I know so well, where I spent so much time growing up and into myself as a devotee of life and of the sacred, and learning to lay the foundation of my business. It was my training ground in business , buying in the markets, working with tailors, and learning how to design clothing, a business school and fashion design school all rolled into a beautiful gypsy village in the desert of Rajasthan. It captivated my young adventurous freedom loving spirit. There I learned the art of international commerce and about a sacred and simple life that exists in the quiet beauty of the village of Pushkar, with the holy waters of the lake as the crown jewel of the desert, where I went for my daily morning oblations and prayers, and brought fresh flower garlands and ghee to my favorite deities. It is the kind of place where when you return everyone stops you on the street and greets you and welcomes you in for chai and remembers exactly how long it has been since you were there last. It is a village I came to every year for 15 years, where I formed deep friendships and connections to the people, the culture, the deities, and spirits of the lake and village. " Sometimes we visit your country and live in your home..."
This holiday season is all about gifts that give back. We are proud to be selling handmade woolen accessories from Padhma Knits, a fair labor company based out of Nepal that is committed to helping end the cycle of poverty.
These hats, scarves, and hand warmers are knit by skilled artisans in Eastern Nepal. Most of these women come from extreme poverty and many are rescued from human trafficking or domestic abuse. Padhma Knits launched a pilot program to provide skill training to empower women who might otherwise not have an opportunity to earn an income and or work from home.
Padhma Knitter - Punee Gurung
The pilot project was a success as the artisans were able to earn enough to buy food, help cover household expenses, and send their children to school. There are now three knitting communities in Nepal, employing 50+ women.
Padhma Knitter - Nita Sharma
In line with their mission of ending poverty, Padhma Knits also invests in childern. They have an education fund that supports over 35 children as they pursue higher education.
Padhma Knitter - Maya Gurung
Read more about this amazing company here.
We are humbled on a daily basis by the women who wear Synergy Organic Clothing while doing incredible things. This post is the first in a series of guest blog spots written by inspirational women who kick butt while wearing Synergy!
Hi everyone! My name is Katie Jo and I'm a climbing instructor from Southern California. This past Saturday I reached a pretty big climbing milestone by successfully climbing a 5.13a sport route, a difficult achievement I never imagined would be possible when I first began climbing five years ago. The only things I could picture then, were my feet slipping, the rock crumbling, and myself, tumbling into open space. Though I grew up with a mountaineering father and always felt drawn to the mountains and crags, I was also terrified of heights! My first time sport climbing outside, I was so scared of falling that I cried at every bolt!
But along with the opportunities to be outdoors and the supportive community it provides, this same fear, is one of the big reasons why I have come to love climbing so much. It's a sport that never ceases to challenge, both mentally and physically. Climbing presents constant obstacles, teaching you to focus, trust in yourself, think of creative solutions, and be completely in the moment in order to overcome. Along the way, the rock will crumble, your feet will slip, and you'll take plenty of falls, but I have come to realize that these are only opportunities to get back up, to work a little harder, to reach a little further. And when you reach the anchors of your most difficult route, it's pretty incredible to realize that you are capable of things you never imagined!
Climbing has made such a positive impact on my life and for this reason I love sharing it with others. I'm very grateful to Synergy for their support and for giving me an opportunity to write about this amazing sport. If anybody out there has any questions about climbing, please reach out via IG (@katiejo.myers) or my blog (katiejo.wildc.net). I would love to hear from you!In this shoot Katie is wearing our Native Summer Bra and Basic Capri Pants
We are ELATED to announce that Whole Foods Market will be carrying our Infinity Scarves at EVERY one of their United States locations.
These scarves are made from our signature organic cotton fabric and are perfect for every season. A portion of all sales of the scarves will go to benefit Padhma Knits. Padhma Knits is a company that helps women who are the victims of sex trafficking. They create fair trade hand knit products in Nepal.
Padhma Knits is a woman owned and operated company that is doing a lot of much needed good in the small communities of Nepal.
We are so grateful to for this partnership and the opportunity to see our scarves travel all over the country! If you get a chance stop by your local Whole Foods and pick one up as a gift for the holidays and help support our the amazing people of Nepal.