You can buy an unusual accessory while helping women who have been rescued from sex trafficking.
Apricot Lane Boutique, an Oklahoma City fashion boutique, now sells 3Strands handmade bracelets and gift boxes. For each set sold, money is donated to Agape International Mission (AIM) in Cambodia, a faith-based organization started by the founders of Apricot Lane that “rescues and restores” these victims.
The wax-cotton woven bracelets with the signature 3Strands metal closure are handmade by the rescued women. Each bracelet is made to remind the wearer of the trafficking survivor who made it.
The pieces of cord comprising the bracelet symbolize the freedom, love and empowerment these women experience because of the support they receive from programs such as AIM. The incorporation of a single red string, barely visible inside the center of each bracelet, illustrates the souls of these young women and how they are practically invisible to those who have bought and sold them in the past.
Every handmade bracelet displays one fragile, red seed from the pods of sandalwood trees, native to Cambodia, reminding these young women of their beauty within as they sign their name to each bracelet. One would never know that these gorgeous seeds come from colorless pods, which eventually dry up, fall to the ground and are trampled under foot. The pods and seeds help these women and the individuals who buy the bracelets remember that things seen as worthless often actually contain something priceless.