The inmates at the Davidson County jail mark time in feet and inches. The strips of paper they cut and fold are keys to their future.
“We’re taking recycle paper products that have been viewed as disposable and we’re taking these beautiful women who sometimes the public feels might be disposable as well, forgotten, and these women, with their own hands and creativity, are creating this item of beauty,” said Louise Grant with Dream Weave.
According to their website, Dream Weave is a non-profit that teaches business, art therapy, and tradesmanship to the women in jail through the creation of the purses.
They can then sell their purses through the non-profit to learn entrepreneurship.
“There’s an opportunity for them to make money, which I think is a great cause as they’re getting out here and prepare themselves for release,” said Sheriff Daron Hall.
But Dream Weave is more than job training. Dream Weave is hope.
As part of the program, each inmate writes her life’s dream in a letter. For Kayla, it’s being reunited with her children, getting a home, and living her life drug-free. She weaves that dream directly into the purses she makes along with the other recycled paper.
After 50 to 60 hours of production, each bag captures the very essence of the dream weaver who designed it.
“It’s helping them realize their own inner beauty and their own self-worth,” Grant told News 2. “Help them to see they absolutely deserve second and third chances, and they have so much opportunity in life.”
Last year, Dream Weave served 40 women and created 30 purses, all of which were sold. The next batch is already in production.
To learn more, visit DreamWeaveBags.com.