This is a quilt that was purchased during a mission conference at our church last year. The pattern is Indian Summer and was made in West Java, Indonesia by women involved in Agape Craft. Agape Craft (Agape means selfless love in Greek) is a non-profit Christian organization that is providing opportunities for men and women in rural Indonesia to earn money through sewing quilts and other crafts. The organization began in 1991 when a local woman saw an American’s quilt and asked if she could make one like it. From the initial sewer, the organization has grown to over 300 sewers in 11 villages.
Most of the women (and men) involved in Agape Craft have only an elementary education. Since only elementary school is free in Indonesia, families earn the money needed to send their children to school beyond the elementary level through involvement in Agape Craft . All proceeds from product sales go to benefit the employees and their families. In addition, Agape Craft provides training and opportunity for young people in marketing, administration and office skills.
I like the quilt because of the pattern and colors. Although the pattern is called Indian Summer, it reminds me more of a jungle with the greens/blues and spashes of bright color. It is a quilt that I enjoy every time I see it and thank you to the ladies in West Java and Agape Craft.