- Where it is made: closer to home doesn’t always mean ethical but consider the carbon miles of an item that is made far, far away compared to the Eurobodalla!
- What it is made of: items that are made of high quality materials and/or recycled material will last longer so you don’t have to continuously replace it. Gifts can be somewhat of an heirloom and cherished for generations to come.
- Who made it: items that are made by an intimate collective of workers equates to safe working conditions and a higher quality product. It also reflects the environmental ethics of the business as social welfare and environmental conservation go hand-in-hand. Keep in mind that just because a product is made in China or India doesn’t mean it is necessarily unethical. Dowry makes a concerted effort to support family-run businesses based in those countries in particular. It is communities in that region of the world that struggle the most when it comes to justice and rights in the work place… if safe and prosperous conditions can be facilitated, then we are all for supporting those initiatives.
We have a colourful collection of Chris’ work, including her gorgeous native bird Christmas decorations (a hit this season) and a range of patchwork dolls and animal toys made from an eclectic variety of recycled and dead-stock textiles. Each of her creations has a unique character, making them timeless treasures to be handed down from generation to generation.
Books are an easy go-to gift for the young ones. We have a growing library at Dowry to get the kid’s creative juices flowing. We are beyond enamoured with this one in particular:
We are also stocking Dalmeny local Jazzi Morris’ ‘Hey Little Dreamer’. It has been in high demand and rightly so — the book is targeted at kids of all ages, affirming them of their worth and value in this big overwhelming world through poignant statements and imagery. The importance of such empowering messaging is fully realised in this gorgeous book and we are truely grateful to Jazzi for uplifting the younger generation to be strong, independent and confident individuals.
Dowry has recently been blessed with a plentiful bounty of Sage Toy Shop’s beautifully hand made wooden toys made locally, just north of us in Broulee. Arthur Brain, the handy craftsman behind these endearing toys, is a local with a passion for traditional toy making —unfortunately a dwindling trade in this age of technology and mass production. His toys are a brilliant tool in igniting the imaginations of our little ones. We are so grateful to Arthur for his contribution to the wooden toy resurgence, and are very lucky to have his work stocked both in store and online.
By Anastasia Ellwood