Catalonian textiles with a story to tell

During our recent trip to the fabulous city of Barcelona (if you haven’t visited yet, do so, as soon as you can – it’s that good), I stumbled upon Dona Kolors, a really interesting social enterprise supporting vulnerable women.

Founded by the community organisation ‘El Lloc de la Dona’ with ‘Hermanas Oblates’, the project works with women connected to prostitution, teaching them sewing skills and providing them with career guidance and counselling in order to access better employment opportunities.

Dona Kolors creates handmade home and fashion accessories in visually stunning fabrics and I was particularly taken with its handmade table runners and cushion covers.

Catalonian textiles with a story to tell in Barcelona on www.needsmorecushions.com - interior style inspired by global adventure

Purple and lime cushion cover

Catalonian textiles with a story to tell in Barcelona on www.needsmorecushions.com - interior style inspired by global adventure

Blue and rust patterned table-runner

I also treated myself to a hand-fan in striking turquoise with orange and white accents. It was around 30 degrees celsius after all…..

Catalonian textiles with a story to tell in Barcelona on www.needsmorecushions.com - interior style inspired by global adventure

 

Whilst the items created are truly beautiful and would make worthy additions to the well-travelled home, I was struck by the cause that underpinned them and was really impressed by Dona Kolors’ motivation and support in providing these women with the skills to enable them to build better lives for themselves in the future. It made me think twice about the mass-produced items that often adorn our homes, and proud to know that a small purchase such as mine supported a great cause.

I loved that the fan I bought came with a tag to let me know that I’d supported Priscila, keen to produce clothes in her own sewing workshop one day.

Ok, so I want my blog to be generally uplifting so I’m not going to dwell on the heavy stuff, but next time you’re in Barcelona (did I mention that you need to go there, like, now?) do be sure to check out Dona Kolors to bring a pop of worthy colour to your home.

What good causes have you come across whilst travelling (or shopping)? I’d love to hear more about them.

Happy travels and shopping,

Jill

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