Advent Conspiracy: Punjammies
Pajamas often are a standby Christmas present — footed pajamas in SkyMall and matching sets from infomercials are akin to the dreaded Christmas sweater. And obligatory presents have no place in Advent Conspiracy. After all, how many women's lives have been changed by Christmas pajamas?
Not many, until punjammies. In India, International Princess Project provides after-care facilities for girls who have escaped slavery in the sex trade. These girls receive medical care, emotional support, and education. As part of their rehabilitation, they create punjammies. This vocational training empowers them to support themselves and begin to see their true value. Sales provide fair-trade wages and afford more resources to rescue more girls.
The pajamas are comfortable and beautiful — bright colors and bold patterns have a touch of the exotic. Mine were a perfect fit thanks to the accurate sizing charts (styles vary so check the chart on the individual product page). I was disappointed when I noticed they had started to fray at the seams after one washing. I contacted the IPP office, which promptly exchanged them for a different pair (cotton instead of polyester). My contact was very apologetic and she let me know their new fabrics shouldn't have this problem. My new punjammies look great after lots of weekend and holiday lounging (and made it through the laundry just fine).
Pickings are slim right now, but new styles are on the way for Christmas shopping so keep checking. They sell out very quickly; if you see the perfect gift, don't wait.
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