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Feature: A Charming Historical Re-connection at a Paris Boutique

Ceinture Fléchée a traditional French Canadian scarf/belt

  Paris, France – ‘Terre de nos aïeux’ (‘Our home and native land’)   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada   In a boutique specializing in wool trends, I reconnect with La Parisienne and Le Parisien, who believe me to be one of France’s prodigal daughters, returned from the pages of history.   All shimmers...

Feature: Beauty of a Bazin and a BouBou From Senegal, Africa

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      A bazin and a boubou: the hunt for a Senegalese husband     By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada  “Real women have currrrves!”  the vendor roars at me.   I have been in Senegal for a little over a week, and am still shocked every time someone openly comments on my...

Feature: Republic of Sewing Machines in Uganda

made in uganda

      The spirit of solidarity — stitch by stitch.    By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé   As a burnt orange sun sets over Gulu in northern Uganda, barefoot Acholi women walk the Road to Cairo, a highway that stretches across Africa, babies swaddled against their backs, balancing heavy plastic jerry cans on their heads.  ...