Warm colors and super soft texture make this scarf a great way for you to change your look and change women's lives! Made by women at Craftbeauty, a fair trade craft organization that provides skills and a steady source of income to disadvantaged women with few work options, including women with disabilities and women from rural farming regions.
- 50% silk, 50% cotton
- Cruelty-free silk
- Hand wash cold
- 70" L x 30" W (177.8 x 76.2 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Vietnam
In Hanoi, Vietnam, where most people are raised to be farmers, there aren't a lot of vocational opportunities outside of agriculture. One stroke of bad luck can wipe out a year's worth of hard work -- drought or flood can destroy the year's crops, and the year's income. A lot of farmland is being purchased by developers of apartment buildings, leaving many farmers with no land, no vocational skills, and no source of income.
Craftbeauty is a fair trade craft organization that provides skills and a steady source of income to disadvantaged women who wouldn't otherwise have any options, including farming women, and women with disabilities. In Vietnam only about 15% of disabled persons receive training in vocational skills, and many end up unemployed and very poor. Craftbeauty offers these women (between the ages of 18 and 40 years old) a chance to learn about silk weaving, tailoring, embroidery, fashion, and quality control, and pays almost double the Vietnamese national livable wage. In addition to giving them a source of income, a skill set, and a safe workplace, these positions help the women retain their dignity, self worth, and confidence.
I purchased the purple scarf for a friend who loves all things purple. I had been to Vietnam and wished I'd come home with a couple more of the beautiful silk and silk-blend scarves I'd seen there. I hoped this scarf--made in Vietnam--would be reminiscent of what I saw there, and it is. The fabric is lovely and lightweight and the scarf is nicely sized--long and wide but not excessively wide. I'm pleased with the purchase and am considering purchasing other colors.
I ordered the turquoise color scarf and am very pleased with the quality. The color is accurate and the scarf is actually bigger than it looks. It looked so small all compressed in the package but when I opened it, I kept unfolding and unfolding it: it could double as a very light wrap for an elegant warm evening. It is very lightweight but not too delicate. Well-crafted.
I'm considering ordering other colors. It's a real wardrobe staple!