In 2005, the Cranbrook Kingswood Weaving Studio came up with an idea. Why not open a weaving studio in Namtenga, an impoverished village in the West Africa country of Burkina Faso, where a Cranbrook parent worked while in the Peace Corps?
Cranbrook bought 15 looms, hired a weaving instructor and opened the Weaving Sisters of Namtenga. More than 30 village earn income there for their families. The textiles will be sold at Optik through February.