Image via punjammies.com.
Y'all, I am really, really trying to get back to regular blogging, but life is just so in the way. That said, nothing energizes me about blogging like a giveaway, so let's get one of those going!
Ages ago, my friend Suebob told me about the International Princess Project and Punjammies, via her blog, Suebob's Awesome Brain. I wanted to get a set of my own, and support the great cause, but for whatever reason I didn't. Probably money. Anyway, recently, in a discussion about making ethical choices when buying clothing, another friend mentioned Punjammies, so I looked up the International Princess Project again. And this time, I pulled the trigger and ordered two sets of Punjammies for myself. I am so, so glad I did.
The International Princess Project's vision is to "restore hope and dignity to women formerly enslaved in prostitution." This is their mission:
Establish self-sustaining enterprises in partnership with indigenous organizations that provide for physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women formerly enslaved in prostitution; AND advocate for women enslaved in prostitution around the world.
One of those self-sustaining enterprises is Punjammies:
The PUNJAMMIES™ Initiative is self-sustaining enterprise which greatly enhances the quality of after-care provided by partner organizations and increases their capacity to serve these women. It leverages PUNJAMMIES™, a premium brand of pajamas, in the United States, to create demand for products made by women in after-care. Not only do the proceeds from PUNJAMMIES™ provide wages for the women who make them, they also provide for living expenses and after-care costs. In addition, creating the beautiful PUNJAMMIES™ by hand helps build their self-esteem and dignity by demonstrating they can create something that has value around the world. The vocational training provided at the International Princess™ Project sewing centers becomes a part of their emotional healing in addition to a way to make a living and provide for their children.
And, as you can see in the photo, they are beautiful. After a ton of deliberation, I ordered the Leela Capri bottoms with the gray Freedom tee for one set, the Nanu capri bottoms with the black Rajaswari racerback tank for the other, and I love both sets. They are well-made, don't look like anything in stores, and I feel great about supporting the women who made them. I plan to wear them all summer.
One caveat re: sizing: I am a pretty typical, if tall and maybe slightly wide-hipped and small-waisted, size 16 at this point, and I ordered everything in an extra large. If I had it to do again, I'd probably go with the XXL. Everything fits, but things aren't quite as oversized as I'd like pajamas to be, and I am worried about shrinkage. This is a particular issue with the tank--if you have large breasts, it's probably not for you. And XXL is the largest size they sell, with decreased availability, so, unfortunately, the more plus-sized among us are a little bit left out of the Punjammies fun.
Given how stoked I am about my Punjammies, and about supporting the project, these seem like a great thing to re-start the giveaway train here at WINOW! I'm giving away one set of Punjammies--any top (tee or tank), any bottom (pants, capris, or shorts). To enter, use that handle Rafflecopter widget you see! And by all means, consider buying some Punjammies for yourself or for a gift!