Kristin Keen lived and worked for five years in Kolkata, India, encountering the life-stealing effects of the area’s sex trade on a daily basis. Together with her friend Sarah Lance, Kristin helped co-found a business that could offer these women a safe haven. Today, Sari Bari is a thriving business that employs more than 75 people in Kolkata who create beautiful handmade blankets and other products from traditional fabrics.
Upon her return to her hometown, Jacksonville, FL, Kristin felt called to fight the sex trade on a local level, and Rethreaded was born. Beginning by forming relationships with women on the street and making prison visits, she knew the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where these women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community. Working in partnership with the City Rescue Mission, Rethreaded hired its first full-time employee in November 2012 and more have followed through the program to graduation, thanks to the wonderful efforts of volunteers.
Our employees are artisan seamstresses, meaning they take ownership of the products by making design and color choices during production. Using donated t-shirts as the raw material, the possibilities present a creative challenge and an opportunity to express individuality. Rethreaded believes that art and creativity can heal the brain by strengthening existing connections and sparking new neural pathways.
Their recently launched retail space not only serves as a space for the public to come and shop their beautiful collection of Rethreaded products, but also some additional socially good accessories that help fight the war of sex trafficking (pictured below)! The space also houses all production and manufacturing where the women learn their trade and become better equipped for transitioning into a new and restored life.
They will soon to be offering a variety of new items and there was talk about a few wedding specific items possibly coming in the future. Their beautiful pieces could be used in a variety of ways in your wedding planning: engagement photo accessories, bridal shower gifts, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen gifts, wedding day jewelry…. The opportunities are endless! Go check out their shop online and support the fight against human trafficking!