Like a light rain, this batik scarf drapes softly around your neck for a chic and sophisticated style. Made from lightweight viscose, this infinity scarf is handmade by women artisans in Swaziland. Pair with casual or more formal clothing for a look that is uniquely your own!
- 100% viscose
- 62" circumference (157.5 cm)
- Machine wash cold with like colors, tumble dry, iron medium, do not bleach, do not dry clean
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Swaziland
Baobab Batik employs over 25 inspiring artisans, all women, who are predominantly single mothers. Founded by Els Hooft in 1991, Els wanted to share her passion for batik, while building sustainable economic and social solutions for women in Swaziland. Baobab Batik is dedicated to providing tools for sustainable economic development and is also committed to the personal development of each of their women artisans.
Baobab Batik is a social enterprise based in Swaziland, Southern Africa, founded by Els Hooft in 1991. She wished to follow her passion of creating batiks, as well as offering sustainable work opportunities for women. Since then, Baobab Batik has evolved into a thriving enterprise employing 35 artisans full time. They employ batik makers, a group of 13 women who trace patterns onto plain white fabric and apply melted wax within the outline. They employ four women as dye-artisans in the “Color-house,” where fabric in a variety of colors hangs to dry in the sunshine. These women dye, treat, de-wax and hang fabric. They employ four seamstresses whose machines sew non-stop.
Batik fabrics are transformed into scarves, cushion covers, tablecloths and eclectic decorative elephants. Baobab follows the core values of transparency, accountability, and TEAM. Team stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More,” which is their key to success. They also believe every person needs a safe space where they can share stories, laugh together, and care for each other. Baobab's vision is to be a leading example, in Swaziland and beyond, of a social enterprise using thought leadership and innovation to empower women and develop the batik art form.
By shopping the Global Girlfriend collection, you are making a difference in women’s lives across the globe. Global Girlfriend is focused on striving for gender equality and empowerment, and the importance of women providing for themselves and their families. By supporting jobs that guarantee fair wages by fair trade, women are able to proudly contribute to their families, encouraging their communities to flourish.