Cohen family during a recent family trip
"One of the greatest gifts from 2009 brought us was that of resilience. Every time life would throw us a
roadblock, it would force us to see things differently, to find another way
around, and to persevere.
We saw this first hand during last year's trip overseas. During our India leg of the trip, one of our new
sub factories urgently requested that we visit them. It was an all day trip to
this town in India. We realized our business had grown with them, but we didn't
understand what that meant.
This small town had been in
it's third year of severe drought. There were few jobs and much poverty. I tell
you this because not only is it a great story, it's real, true and uplifting.
When we arrived, we were escorted into a large hall where over 300 women sat waiting. Waiting for the guests of honor....us!! Over the next two hours, we heard story after story of how grateful they were to be able to earn money for their families. In their broken English:"Thank you Petaloo" they would say as if Petaloo was it's own entity.....300 ladies all there to say thank you, not just to us, but to you as well. (So when you see our Tiffany's Treasures or Jeweled Florettes, or Tye-Dyed Gypsies, they all come from this little town.)
This September we will be making our annual trip to India again.We have been anxiously awaiting our return to the gracious
and hospitable people,the yummy curries,
the sights (cows wandering the streets) and sounds of India!
There are so many exciting things to do…we have beautiful new fabrics and papers for our Spring 2011 flower line to show the factories! We have new, prettier packaging to get manufactured by our Indian printers! (These new packages are so attractive that you will want to use them in your crafting projects!) We have new jeweled centers that look like they came from vintage jewelry! There is so much to do that this is only the first day of our trip!!
But most importantly, we are going to visit and meet the many people involved with making our product. We want to let these people know that “you matter” and that we are going to continue to support them. So here’s to a rewarding trip ahead and to all the beautiful flowers and embellishments that we will bring back to share with you at the January CHA show!
We want to you to share our excitement with all our new releases and upcoming trip! Just post a comment telling us which Petaloo products are your favorites and you could win a prize package!"