Red Dirt Road Introduction to Traverse City a Resounding Success!

More than 1,000 people visited the Red Dirt Road exhibit during the Traverse City Film Festival, held July 26th- 31st in Traverse City, Michigan. The exhibit included hourly screenings of the award winning documentary, "Red Dirt Road" by film director Rodney Rascona, a re-creation of the actual Red Dirt Road workshop in rural Cambodia, and an extraordinary collection of handmade Red Dirt Road bags, purses, and scarves available for purchase.

The 14 minute documentary was filmed on location in Cambodia, and follows the life of Hab Saly, who quit her job in the garment industry to follow her dream to start her own sewing business in her home village, which has no access to electricity or running water.   After being introduced to Saly and the story of Red Dirt Road, viewers had the opportunity to walk through a replica of the village workshop seen in the movie.

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The workshop re-creation was designed by Lin Alessio, and was augmented by photographic images taken during her and Marie Eckstein's visits to the rural village to mentor and work with the seamstresses. The simple tools used to make the Red Dirt Road products were on display, including treadle sewing machines and coal heated irons. 

The documentary movie and village workshop set the stage for a memorable introduction of Red Dirt Road products to the Traverse City area. Visitors repeatedly noted the very high quality and contemporary styles of the handmade items. A recent addition to the product line, the Red Dirt Road hand painted silk scarves, were a top seller, and can be purchased on-line at www.Red-Dirt-Road.org.   

 

Welcome to the Sisterhood, Khat Suh and Sunn Aisah!

We are pleased to welcome two new seamstresses, Khat Suh and Sunn Aisah, to the Red Dirt Road team in Cambodia! These young mothers were recently hired because of the growing demand for our products. Two more young mothers can now support their families while working close to their families! 

Saly, our lead seamstress, left her depressing job in Cambodia's garment industry to follow her dreams to start her own sewing business. Alan Lightman, founder of The Harpswell Foundation, had offered to cover the expense of sewing lessons for Saly in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh. In exchange, Saly agreed to teach her new skills to other women in her home village of Tramung Chrum. So, after six months of training, Saly made the three hour trip home and began to fulfill her end of the bargain. 

Aisah and Suh were members of the class of twelve women Saly trained upon her return from the city. Thanks to the growing number of women who love Red Dirt Road silk purses, bags, and scarves, Saly has been able to hire more seamstresses.

Women in the U.S. buy these products because they are beautiful, functional, and bring us pleasure. And because it feels good to be a part of the global sisterhood of women helping women to realize their dreams.

The measure of success for Red Dirt Road is not profit dollars for shareholders. Rather, it is measured by the number of young Cambodian women employed in their home village, close to their families and children. Away from the monotonous, long hours of the garment industry and a life of poverty, far from home.  Score two more for the sisterhood!

 

RED DIRT ROAD .. Takes 2016 GRAN PRIX-Com award...

RED DIRT ROAD .. Takes the 2016 GRAN PRIX-Communications award... at the International Deauville Green Awards in Normandy France. The Director Rodney Rascona, and Executive Producer Marie Eckstein, represent a London based post production team who gave the film life.

RDR was recognized among some 300+ films from 5 continents in competition for awards bestowed on films centered on environmental, ecological and sustainable solutions to challenges around the globe. Red Dirt Road's film presents a compassionate, empathy creating short film that adds it's voice to continue greater human understanding through the creation of strong story, strong picture and high end post production values.

Please drop us a note in the CONTACT US section if you have a thought on the film you would like to share with the film makers.

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RED DIRT ROAD... A new year and a new site..

CAPTION: Sun Ley and her daughter in the rice fields surrounding the village of Tramung Chrum in Kampong Chhnang Province, rural Cambodia.

Fresh from the jungles of Cambodia, Red Dirt Road is launching it's new website to bring you the finest hand made fashion accessories created from luxurious Cambodian silk and beautiful fabrics. From purses to scarves, each product offered has been created by the loving hands of women who previously worked in the oppressive garment factories of Phnom Phen.

Through your purchase, these women are realizing their dream to live at home and raise their children, and still provide desperately needed income to feed and care for their families. Women helping women. You are part of the global sisterhood.

Look to these pages for updates about Red Dirt Road and new product offerings. And please pay close attention to stories about the positive changes being brought to this small remote village, to this handful of women and their families. Wear your Red Dirt Road designs with pride, knowing that you are an instrument of change.

Thank you and good luck to all of us this new season ahead. 

Marie Eckstein and the Red Dirt Road team

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