Bishopston Quaker sets off to Kenya to offer Greetings from Bristol

Bristol Quaker Judi Brill has recently departed for Kenya, taking with her a quilt made by the Quakers of Britain right here in Bristol to offer greetings at The World Conference of Friends. Only held every 20 years, it is a celebration of universal values of both communities in Bristol and Kenya.

The fabric for the quilt has been innovatively made using recycled men’s shirts and fairtrade organic fabric supplied by the Gloucester Road based Bishopston Trading Company, Bristol’s best fair-trade business (Winner, Fairtrade Business Awards, 2012).

The Bishopston Trading Company was set up after Carolyn Whitwell received a letter from the people of K.V.Kuppam, expressing how they wanted work not charity, and now creates employment for over 200 families by harnessing the traditional craft of the village, handloom weaving. The organic and fair trade cotton fabric is made into beautiful women’s, men’s and children’s clothes and accessories, for a unique and conscious style born in Bristol.

Pictured right – Judi Brill (left) holding the impressive quilt with Carolyn Whitwell (left) director and founder of Bishopston Trading Company.

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