Chandra Subba (left) and Pabitra Osti (middle) from the greater Akron Bhutanese Community demonstrated backstrap weaving in the warm, bright sun in front of The Market Path. Amber Subba, (right with Nilam Ghimmirey and Liz Kuhn) President of the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron, Inc., provided personal transportation for the weavers and assisted in setting up the demonstration. President Subba came to the Market Path to learn about the challenges the weavers face in creating and selling their work, and how to interact with customers. Most of all, he came to encourage the weavers.
Store manager, Dae Evans, invited Woven In Exile weavers because they make beautiful bags, and she wanted to share their story with other people, to connect people, and to raise awareness! She commented that she is aware that the standard of living is more expensive in the United States and that the prices on these bags may be higher than prices on bags made in other third-world countries, but that they are more than worth the asking price.
Selected activities of BCAA members are chronicled in this blog by Terry Kuhn.