Saturday, June 14, 2014

Batik Thunders Up!

Another facet of H4H is Hope Creations, a womens' training program that teaches skills and business management to allow them a way to earn income. 
This program was started by three amazing women: Martha Bulley, Chelsea West, and Amy Hubble.
There are two training centers - Premec Creations & Adwenpa Creations - in two areas of Ghana. 

Meet Martha.
Martha is the co-creator, manager, and teacher at Premec Creations, the original training center.
She is a strong, intelligent, driven woman. As a single mother herself, she wanted to provide a way for women to provide for themselves and their families. 
(Only 4% of women in Ghana are able to find a salary job. The majority of opportunities are given to men, regardless of qualifications.)
Aprons made by Martha given to my mom and me.
One of the skills taught at the center is batik. This is a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water. 
(above aprons made with batik fabric made by trainees of the center) 
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While the OC college group were there visiting they commissioned Martha to made Thunder batik.
We were there when she was making it, and it was so cool!



Finished product!!
We will also be receiving some in orange soon!

Heartbeat for Hope will be selling these for $40/bolt (4 yards/bolt). 
All proceeds go back to the Hope Creations fund to continue supporting these programs at our two centers.

2 comments :

Wa Wa Waughs said...

That is very cool!

Amy said...

It's a neat process.