Support the Workers, Never knew about this Online Shop in Johor Bahru, and thought I would share it so you can support the workers to help themselves. they also have a Facebook site so you can keep up with them and the 3 sheltered workshops catering to the rehabilitation requirements of the physically and mentally challenged..
JARO Online Shop is one of the outlets through which the products of its workshops are sold. Income from sales goes towards supporting its operations, the larger portion of which is expended on wages for its workers.
The workers consist of persons who suffer from some form of disability. Because of poverty and other factors, most of them are affected by low levels of education. Despite these disadvantages, many of the disabled workers are skilled craftspeople and make beautiful products.
JARO products are hand made and, as far as possible, made from traditional materials. By using traditional materials and using them in traditional as well as unconventional ways, JARO supports the maintenance of traditional skills and gives new perspectives to the meaning of heritage.
For example, cane is a jungle plant which is becoming scarce due to deforestation. Cane is cut into narrow strips of rattan that can be woven into baskets and the making of baskets is a very old skill in many societies. However, the Basketry Section also makes rattan chests (one of JARO’s bestsellers) and also rattan photo frames. Rattan weaving is one of the few kinds of work available to the visually impaired.
JARO uses many kinds of traditional fabrics, mainly songket and batik, as well as Chinese brocade, Thai silk, Indian silks and cottons, and so on. Hand woven songket made from silk threads interwoven with gold or silver threads is highly prized in Malaysia and is also produced in India.