Ten Thousand Villages and Fonthill United Church
FONTHILL – A fair trade event beginning this week at Fonthill United Church aims to teach the public about artisan rugs and how they are produced.
The Rug Event will run from Friday, Sept. 27 to Oct. 5 at the church, located at 42 Church Rd. The church is pleased to partner with Ten Thousand Villages to offer its space and to welcome the public.
“Hosting the Oriental Rug Event is part of our outreach to the community and one of the ways that we try to fulfill our calling to make the world more fair and just for people all over the world,” said Garry Van Bruchem, minister at Fonthill United Church.
Jane Nigh, who operates the Ten Thousand Villages store in Port Colborne, visited Lahore, Pakistan in 1998 and had the opportunity to see first-hand how these rugs are made . Since that time, it has been her vision to introduce these beautiful artisan rugs to people of Niagara.
Fast forward 15 years, and Nigh is in the midst of planning the fourth Fair Trade rug event in the peninsula, this time in Fonthill.
During the sale, more than 100 Persian, Bokhora and Tribal rugs will be on display in the auditorium of the Fonthill United Church. The rugs come in a variety of sizes – from two feet by three feet, all of the way up to nine feet by 12 feet. There are also hallway runners.
Each and every rug has been made by Bunyaad artisans, who use the finest quality wools and dyes and who hand-tie each of the hundreds of thousands of knots that make up the vibrant patterned tapestries.
Fair Trade is sometimes thought of as building a bridge between cultures. Like all artisan groups supported by Ten Thousand Villages, the Bunyaad artisans are master craftspeople who receive fair compensation for their magnificent work.
To date, this group has helped to improve the lives of some 850 families in Pakistan; lifting them out of poverty, allowing them to send their children to school, and to provide their households with three meals a day.
In return, consumers in the developed world receive one-of-a-kind merchandise that can’t be found be found at every box store.
Fair Trade doesn’t only benefit the producers. Because the wool is better, the dyes finer, and the workmanship superior, the Bunyaad rugs are far more durable than non-fair trade rugs. In fact, these rugs can be expected to last as long as 200 years and can withstand the spills and dirt that stain other rugs. But more than that, they are exquisite works of art.
A seminar to explain the craftsmanship that goes into the rugs takes place Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Fonthill United Church.
Viewing times in the auditorium will be Fridays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 905-834-6292, or visit www.tenthousandvillages.ca.
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