The Trading Circle...

Earlier in the week we ended up in Milford.  We took a walk around the shops and passing one particular store I saw something very familiar - √Ďanduti.  It is a form of weaving brought to Paraguay by the Spanish.  It is very well known and loved in Paraguay.  You may also find it called spider lace due to it's intricate nature.  I still have a couple of pieces tucked away in a box which I'm now thinking I should pull out and frame.

image found here

We decided to go inside and have a browse.  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  The Trading Circle is
 "a non-profit company established by the Good Shepherd Sisters in Australia in 1995 to support women in micro-enterprises initiated by the Sisters internationally."
They support a number of countries, helping women to earn a living so they can afford things like education for their children.  I think if you can't find what you want (NZ made) then definitely give The Trading Circle a thought.  They have a good range of products from children's gifts to home furnishings to scarves and bags.  Here are just a few of the things we admired in store:
Calendar Wallhanging, Humpty Dumpty & Snow White Doll
Chicken Potholders
Silk Jewellery Rolls
Coaster Set and √Ďanduti doily

Blogger is refusing to upload photos for me at the moment grrr but definitely have a look at the site - it'll be well worth your time.