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Fair Trade and the tale of Manju’s bathroom

With Fairtrade Fortnight upon us, does it really do any good? Isn’t it easier, and cheaper, to buy that T shirt that costs just £2? And of course it is, but what is the real cost of that?

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The Artisan Craft of Hand Block Printing

So what’s so special about hand block printing?

Well, we think a lot! If you have been following Cinnamon Junction from the beginning (can you believe it is nearly a year!), then you will know a little bit about the art of wooden block printing by hand, a skill that we have been championing from the beginning. Although the process of printing designs on fabric started in China over 4,000 years ago, it is India that has adopted this process as its own, from at least the 12th century.

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The Why

So, why do this? Why at a time when it would have been easier to carry on doing what I was doing did I start something new, something challenging.

Of course, I could just say that it was born out of a love of India, of colour and of sumptuous textiles and how the introduction of these can enrich your life, your wardrobe and your home, but these are merely a consequence of the ‘why’.

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The Doors Tour 2017

No, sadly not Jim Morrison & Co …. I wish! My Doors Tour was more personal, definitely less sexy, but still a little exotic.

Because I love a good door. Colourful doors, doors with personality. I’m partial to an eye-catching door anywhere, but in India, they know how to do a door.

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One of the joys of setting up Cinnamon Junction has been working alongside wonderful local talent, whose expertise and hard work has helped us to launch.

The sleepless nights were made fewer, and the learning curve less steep, by those who thankfully knew a lot more than us. We would therefore like to thank these amazing people…

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