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Tan Wheatstraw Card from Bangladesh

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A truly remarkable card that's pretty enough to frame! Using wheatstraw to create beautiful art, they're unique as well as exquisite. Featuring a blank inside, it gives the sender a fresh slate to give a note of encouragement, a holiday greeting, or a brief letter.

SHOVA Handicrafts is run by Bihari refugees, an ethnic group of Urdu speakers. The Bihari have been persecuted for years, following their pro-Pakistan stance during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Many live in poverty in refugee camps and most face continual discrimination. One of the smaller groups, these 10 ladies are especially skilled in the art of wheatstraw. After the wheat grains are harvested, the remaining stalk is called wheatstraw. The women first draw the detailed designs on the paper. Then they punch the figures out of the wheat straw and carefully paste them on the paper with glue. The straw being somewhat fragile, this takes patience and great care. 
  • Made by hand in Bangladesh
  • Wheatstraw note card 
  • One card and envelope
  • Measures 4-3/8" wide x 5-7/8" tall
  • Design on front
  • Blank inside
  • One foil sticker per card included for envelope closure

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