Dia got married just over a year ago. Her new husband was a driver who took children to school in a rented van. Before they had celebrated their first anniversary, however, disaster struck. Dia’s husband lost the use of his legs. Surgery has brought back some of his mobility, but he will probably not drive again. “So that is why I went to driving school,” says Dia, “and now I have my license!”
Born in the hills north of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dia grew up with five siblings in a farming community. Although her parents, members of the Karen ethnic group, were poor and illiterate, they made sure Dia received an education. She studied at the village primary school and later at the secondary school in the nearby town. “When I completed 10th grade I went to Chiang Mai,” Dia says, “And that is where I got my chance.”
The “chance” she mentions is a two-year vocational program offered by a Roman Catholic foundation. Designed to empower disadvantaged young women and to reduce the risk of trafficking, this residential institute trains and certifies its students in tailoring, and provides additional educational opportunities as well. Dia received financial assistance for boarding, and paid minimal fees for the sewing course in which she excelled. At the same time, she continued her high school studies on weekends in order to graduate.
“The sisters helped me find my first job,” Dia recalls, “but soon I returned to teach there at the school. For seven years I taught design, pattern-making and sewing.” She adds that she also spent that time studying for her bachelor degree. “My dedication paid off,” she says, “I decided it was time to go off on my own, and that is when I met HOPE.”
Dia and her group of three seamstresses – all fellow classmates – have been sewing for HOPE since 2011. As the co-op leader, Dia has responsibility for taking orders and delegating jobs, checking for quality and ensuring that everyone receives fair compensation. The co-op is based in the village where Dia lives with her husband, in-laws and nephew. The finished products are transported twenty minutes by truck along a dirt track to the nearest town, where they are collected by the Hopes.
When asked about her new license and whether she plans to start driving a school bus, Dia replies, “No, I don’t think I’m quite ready for that responsibility yet!” For the time being, however, she has been compensating for her husband’s loss of income in other ways. Besides making clothing to sell in the market, she is collecting discarded appliances and second-hand bits and pieces to sell at the recycling center. “For me, life has become more challenging lately, but with steady work from HOPE and extra jobs on the side, everything will be OK,” says Dia, with her characteristic optimism and drive.
Before you Order your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I measure my ball?
We urge you to double and triple check the size of your ball before you order! Do NOT trust the ball package. Measure it, please. It is quite common for folks to not inflate their ball to the specified size and since we often design in small-batches, we don’t want you to miss out on your favorite design due to a time lapse postal delay due to mismeasurements!
45cm, 55cm, 65cm or 75cm is the height of the ball when correctly inflated but this is quite difficult to measure. A more accurate measurement is the circumference;
45cm ball (height); circumference = 56 inches (142.2 cm)
55cm ball (height); circumference = 68 inches (172.7 cm)
65cm ball (height); circumference = 80 inches (203.2 cm)
75cm ball (height); circumference = 92 inches (233.6 cm)
This is the size the ball needs to be for our cover to fit correctly. All of our covers are checked to fit balls of the specifications above.
PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with the classic ball chair.
After you Receiver your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I get the best fit?
We now include instructions and a length of cord to make measuring your ball easier. Our covers are tailor-made to fit your ball snugly leaving no loose fabric.
Use the pre-cut string provided with your ball cover. The string should wrap around the circumference (the middle of the ball) snugly without any extra length for a correct fit.
To double check you have purchased the right size:
Our strings are cut to 68” for a 55cm ball, 80” for a 65cm ball and 92” for a 75cm ball.
PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with some ball chairs.
Now place the full circular piece of fabric at the top of your ball. This is the end WITHOUT the plug.
Wrap the cover around the ball gathering loose fabric towards the zip and then start closing the zip while continuing to smooth out loose folds of fabric towards the zip. When you get close to closing the zip completely, you may have some room to inflate your ball a little more for the most snug fit possible.
What are our covers made of?
All of our covers are 100% cotton and include a heavy weight YKK zip which wraps around 3/4 of the ball. This makes a close fit over a fully inflated ball possible.
Most of our covers are now made with non-stretch cotton but our cover pattern does allow for some give in the fabric. Our stretch cotton covers provide a little more flexibilty for inflation of your ball.
Who makes our covers?
Our covers are made by a co-op that we set up in Chom Thong, northern Thailand. Each ball cover includes a personal producer tag, giving you a short introduction to the face and personality behind the sewing machine : ).
Get to know our producers in our bios section.
We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.
Please view our simple return policy for instructions.
Custom Order Requests
Thanks for your interest in our ball covers. We don't do any custom orders for retail purchases but we do like requests and we take all requests into consideration when planning our future orders.
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