Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Earth Friendly Gifts: Empowering the 'Munti Gunung' Community

Journey to one of the driest parts of Bali, Indonesia

Living between Bali and California is truly a blessing where we get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Opening our eyes to different communities has only taught us to be humble and motivate our desire to give back to society. One of the latest project collaboration is one we are proud of because it echoes with our values and mission in supporting and empowering communities who needs it the most. 

1 World Family trekking with the locals for an excursion to Munti Gunung

We partnered up with the beautiful people of Munti Gunung after visiting their village tucked away in the North of Bali, Indonesia. These poor and malnourished families are working under a social enterprise that aims to 'create employment opportunities & improved quality of life for disadvantaged families, the program has also secured a clean & sustainable water supply, as well as access to healthcare & education'. We wanted to learn more about their project and so we signed up for a trek organized by the community themselves. This really helped us to understand their difficulty in getting access to water and seeing the harsh reality of an 8 months dry season. Can you imagine what life would be like without access to water?

A big lake tucked between the Balinese hills, the only source of water for the Munti Gunung community.

The legendary Mount Batur surroundings.

Seeing is believing and through the trekking experience, we learned how the women used to trek for 4-5 hours from their homes to the nearest Lake Batur to collect as much water as they can carry and then trek back the same path to get to their families. Thanks to the 'Future of Children' project they have managed to built water tanks to collect rain water to sustain themselves without having to travel a far and long time to attain water. With a quota of 25 liters per family per day, we trekked through the panoramic sights with our thoughtful minds, imagining what it's like to have to do this everyday not for leisure but for survival.

Our pathfinder aka. guide from the village. She woke up at 4am to get a head start of the trek in order to meet us at 6am. 

Serene sights of the hilly slopes of North Bali along the way giving us a tranquil mind to fully absorb the experience.

Our elderly guide walked on strong and calm, smiling at the younger ones as they struggled to keep up with her pace.

Needless to say, it was an empowering experience both physically and mentally. Upon arrival to the village, we were introduced to a lovely group of women who were hand weaving baskets with their adorable children cuddled in their arms and they fulfilled their motherly duties while hand making baskets in order to earn a living. Their genuine smiling faces melted our hearts and we were so happy to get to know the amazing artisans who would weave our gift baskets.

These women use to be prone to begging with their children on the streets in the urban side of Bali. They now have a means of income to feed their families.

With dedication and talent, the women were taught the art of weaving, spending a few hours in their day to fulfill their job responsibilities.

We learned so much from this expedition and we're glad that we get to share this story. You get the opportunity to help out in making a positive change with the simplest gesture. These gift packs are more than just a gift box, it transcends the stories of a group of women who survive on these jobs in order to sustain their everyday lives. Hand weaving 'lontar baskets' was one of the means of activities in generating income for these women. These organic gift boxes are made from naturally sourced local tall fan palms that is traditionally known for its high yielding and sustainable hard wood and sweet sap.

After drying the Lontar leaves, they use a compressor machine  to flatten the material.

Natural material ready to be stripped for weaving.

They use the thinner strips to start weaving into various shapes.

It's the most wonderful time of the year to give and we would like to encourage you to support our path towards a more sustainable focused life. Check out our beautiful hand woven gift boxes made by the wonderful people of Munti Gunung and know that with every purchase you can work with us towards helping others and creating hope for humanity.
The product outcome of the Munti Gunung hand weaving skills that are beautiful and practical, be it for gifts or storage.

Monday, December 16, 2013

X'mas Spirit & Holiday Season

Christmas quote by 1 World Sarongs
'Tis the season to be jolly....Season's Greetings by 1 World Sarongs

Just to update you about our world of beach fashion, we're wrapping up the year 2013 with lots of gratitude and achievements and also busy prepping up for yet another exciting year ahead with fresh designs and colors for our sarong collection. Stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, we're showing our appreciation to all our dear customers by giving you a limited Christmas Saving Sale on our sarong website , head on over and enjoy your treat!

Warm wishes from us,
1 World Sarongs Team

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 Tropical Christmas Gift Ideas

Ho, ho, ho! It's that time of the year again to get festive and shop for your loved ones, are you cracking your head on yet another year of Christmas shopping list?

When it comes to beach fashion apparel, there’s no such thing as abundance especially when you get to gear up for your next holiday getaway. Be it for Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, lover or friends, get tropical with this year's X'mas presents and here are our top suggestions for you:

1) Merry Sarongs
Bora Bora Floral Sarong in Lime Green
Embroidered Tie Dye Sarong in Red/Green
Embroidered Tie Dye Mens Sarong "Dark Green"
Abstract Top Quality Sarong in Red
Abstract Leaf Sarong in Green
We all know that the color red and green reminds us of that warm and loving Christmas season. Take your pick between our collection of red sarong or green sarong. These one piece fabrics are cool and practical because they are not only used for fashion style (dress,top,head wrap,skirt,etc) but also for home decoration (table cloth, blanket, curtain,etc)! PS: Don’t let the boys feel left out, do check out our men’s sarong collection.

2) Dresses for the Sun (and Moon?)
Womens Lined Long Dress - Halter - Bamboo White
Tropical Summer Sundress with Hand Painted Batik
Womens Hot Pink Long V-Neck Dress with Floral Design
Green Womens Sundress With Hand Painted Orchid Design
A reliable and comfortable dress is every woman’s need, wear it casually during the day or get fancy at night. Pick your favorite design from our dress collection and make sure your present is a right fit by referring to our size chart measurements!

3) Small and Meaningful Jewelry
Abstract Painted Wood Bangle in Burgundy
Beaded Ring in Mixed
Triple Bead String Necklace with Triple Round Wooden Pendant in White
They say that accessorizing is a way of expressing one's individuality and this is very true in the world of fashion. If you're thinking to get economical with little gifts, browse through our jewelry collection of earrings, necklaces, bangles, belts, rings, bracelet and more. And if you’re considering to get something unique, check out our Sarong ties.

4) Sparkle with Scarfs
Scarves with Gold Thread
Two Toned Silky Scarf in Blue
Elegant Silky Scarf in Purple
Solid Colored Gauze Scarves
Our all time favorite choice for both men or women because you can rarely go wrong with it! Be it for a cold winter or to jazz up your style, scarfs or shawls are probably one of the most traditional gifts that has been given for generations.

5) Mambo in a Poncho
Abstract Tiki Tunic Poncho Cover-Up with V-Neck in Browns
Purple Embroidered Tunic Poncho Cover-Up
Who says that ponchos can’t be cool? These babies are super comfy for everyday use and we're convinced that anyone who wears this would feel happy. Find something else that you might like from our beach cover up collection.

Be it at the beach or in the city, we hope that you have an amazing holiday season! Have fun shopping and don't forget to enjoy our Christmas Sale while you're at it!


1 World Sarongs Team