Monday, 7 January 2013

How Much Good Can A Jumper Do?

Christmas jumpers were big in 2012. All of a sudden, the embarrassment factor behind them has vanished, and everyone (including The Pier's own Guru Ian) are wearing their woolly, reindeer-encrusted pullies with pride.
But that was then. The Xmas woolies have gone back in the drawer of shame, and it's time to look ahead. This week's big news in chunky knitwear comes from a very unlikely source indeed: Myanmar. Two jumpers knitted by democracy activist and politician Aung Sun Suu Kyi have been auctioned for over $120,000. They were knitted by Suu Kyi while she was under house arrest for speaking out against the military dictatorship in the former Burmese state in the 90s.
The $123,000 raised by the sale will go towards children's and community projects in Myanmar, helping to secure social change in an area that is still politically unstable. As you can see by the picture, Aung Sun Suu Kyi has a bold eye for both colour and design. I think there's a knitwear line in there when things finally settle down in Myanmar.

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