Claddagh Organic Cotton Blanket

Item #2915
Shipping Wt. 4.00 lbs.
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Organic Cotton Blanket

Hemmed, waffle-weave organic cotton blanket features embroidered green Claddagh symbol. The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given in friendship or worn as a wedding ring. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old walls of the city of Galway.

The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The expression which was associated with these symbols in the giving of the ring was: "With my hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my love."

Blanket measures 50" X 60"; embroidery measures 4 1/4" X 3 1/2". Made in the USA by Esperanza Threads, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, which trains low income individuals in sewing skills as preparation for manufacturing and/or self employment.

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Esperanza Threads: Bedford, Ohio

Esperanza Threads was founded by Ursuline Sister Mary Eileen Boyle in 2000 as a democratically operated cooperative that employs low-income individuals at a fair wage, manufacturing organic cotton clothing in Bedford, Ohio. The name esperanza means "hope" in Spanish and Mary Eileen says: "We have a big hope for all those who are and will become a part of this cooperative and succeeding cooperatives." Mary Eileen envisions the cooperative as a way to help create systemic change; an example of a different economic system; one where everyone's basic needs can be met. Members of Esperanza are partners with faith communities and civic groups where they speak on the issues of fair wages, outreach to the un-employed and under-employed and the need for reducing chemicals in our personal and global environment.

Sr. Mary Eileen Boyle