When design and saving the world collide, I am reminded of the potential that I have as a designer and blogger to impact the world for the better. It is at these times that I love being a designer and blogger most, and that I feel most empowered. Making and sharing things is not just about making and sharing things that look good and make money–but also about making and sharing things that are good and make a difference. When I first came across Punjammies, I saw design and saving the world collide in that perfect way, and felt immediately inspired by their project.
Part of the International Princess Project, Punjammies are drawstring pajama pants made by women in India rescued from forced prostitution as a way for them to restore their lives. The project uses the “4-R’s”: Rescue, Restoration, Self-Reliance, and Reintegration to help women gain the tools and support they need to experience healing, as well as earning fair wages to care for themselves and their children.
“Some of the women will remain at the sewing centers for the duration of their lives, because they simply won’t want to live and work elsewhere, or the severity of past experiences prevents reintegration. Others, however, want to pursue new opportunities or get married. Every woman’s story is different, and the severity of each’s past experiences is different. We’re honored to be able to help them have choices — whatever those choices may be…” says Ann Clipperton, business manager of the International Princess Project.
A proud owner of a couple of pair of Punjammies myself, I can attest to the design quality, the vivacious, jungalicious prints and the all around comfort of Pujammies. They really make me feel good. And if you’re wondering–I totally wear mine outta the house, too.