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Refugee Artisan Initiative

RAI partners with refugee and immigrant women to foster an inclusive, prosperous transition to the US through artisan skills training and small batch manufacturing.

Since 2017, Refugee Artisan Initiative has envisioned creating a welcoming global community that values and invests in refugee and immigrant women as they achieve healthy, stable, and fulfilling lives in the PNW and beyond.

Artisan Spotlight: Diba

Diba moved to the U.S. 4 years ago with her husband and 5 children, and has been with RAI for 9 months. Though from Afghanistan, she lived in Turkey for 4.5 years while waiting for entry into the states. While living in Turkey, she found work in an apparel workshop, where she learned to sew on industrial machines.

Diba has brought her expertise, hard work, and dedication to RAI, and her beautiful, exquisitely sewn marketplace items showcase her unique talent and colorful style.

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Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters
Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters

Bernie's Big & Cozy [En]viral-mittens | Fleece-Lined & Hand Knit from Up-Cycled Sweaters

$31.50 Regular price $35.00

Don't miss the opportunity to pre-order these limited edition and custom-made hand knit mittens with fleece lining (from remnants of our 4,000 fleece hats and neck warmers initiative), made from up-cycled abandoned sweaters! 

For each pair you have purchased, we will donate a pair to someone experiencing homelessness. 

Inspired by Bernie Sanders' iconic inauguration look, be the first to embrace this viral 2021 fashion moment, made famous by the hottest new trendsetter and style icon himself.

You can choose between two color groups - Earthy Tones and Jewel Tones.

Jewel Tones:
 
Earthy Tones:

The actual fabric pattern and colors of the item you receive may be different than these examples, as each is made from abandoned sweaters that become available. Each pair has fleece lining to keep you extra warm.

RAI mitten are handmade in Seattle by our refugee and immigrant women. Each purchase provides a living wage for the woman who sewed them.

Estimated delivery is 6–16 days from the order date. Extra delivery time is required because these are made upon order 

Features:

  • Come in two sizes: S/M and L
  • Made from upcycled sweaters
  • Lining is made from upcycled fleece
  • Hand wash with cold water, Line dry

 

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to accept returns or exchanges at this time. Thank you for your understanding

RAI Medical Scrubs

RAI is now offering high-quality, affordable, and sustainably-made medical scrubs, made by experienced refugee and immigrant sewers in the Pacific Northwest.

RAI Medical Scrubs | Sustainable Style Collection
RAI Medical Scrubs | Sustainable Style Collection

RAI Medical Scrubs | Sustainable Style Collection

From $22.00

RAI Medical Scrubs | Stretch Twill Collection | XXS-3XL
RAI Medical Scrubs | Stretch Twill Collection | XXS-3XL

RAI Medical Scrubs | Stretch Twill Collection | XXS-3XL

From $22.00

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