Saturday, June 21, 2014

24, and some sandal straps

I'm 24 now. Woohoo.

For my birthday, my mom gave me some Sseko sandals. I don't usually ask for specific things for birthdays or Christmases, but my sister had some Ssekos, and I thought they were the coolest thing, so I asked for some for my birthday. They're basically leather sandal soles, with loops for you to lace straps through. They're made by women in Uganda who use the money they make to be able to get a college education. They're fair trade, so they're not too cheap, but they help someone earn a liveable wage with dignity. I've lived in Kenya (right next door to Uganda) so helping women in Uganda makes these sandals a lot more special to me.

The sandals themselves are pretty simple - a sole with five loops for lacing straps. The straps come in various colours and prints, and you can lace them in many - probably hundreds - of ways. My mom gave me about 5 pairs of straps, and today I made my own. I'm all for fair-trade, but I'm also for making my own stuff. I can't not create. I got a fat quarter for 97 cents, and pieced together 64"-long strips and sewed them up lengthwise. They actually feel a little bit too beachy to me, I guess because of the colours, but still I like the way they turned out.