Color Block Silk Scarf
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Beautifully handwoven raw silk is a great fall/winter weight with all the luxury silk offers. Handwoven by women at CraftBeauty, an all-women artisan organization aimed at helping rural women earn a regular monthly salary to support themselves and their families. Working with a variety of fabrics in their native Vietnam, the artisans of Craftbeauty have managed to create opportunity where before prospects looked grim. Originally rice farmers living in a small cultivated area subject to the whims of weather, their farmland began vanishing to a new threat - development of apartment housing. They have a workshop where women can come together to work, but also have opportunities for women to craft from home. Now these women earn more than three times what they made farming rice, which makes them the primary source of income in their village and allows them to provide a better future for themselves and their families.
- 70% cotton / 30% raw silk
- 69" L x 15" W (175.2 x 38.1)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from Vietnam
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November 13, 2015 - Beautiful scarf! Heavy, tight weave and the colors are vibrant yet subtle. Exceptional quality. A gift for myself ... thank you.
May 17, 2015 - This one is definitely one for winter very comfortable and very warm
January 7, 2013 - This scarf was better than expected. Very long and wide enough to wear in many different ways.
January 7, 2013 - I was delighted with this scarf. I purchased it as a Christmas gift and found the quality was better than described. The person I gave this to was very happy with this gift. Plus this purchase helped feed people, a wonderful gift in itself. Thank you.
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.
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