This intricately ruffled and pleated silk scarf evokes the rolling waves of the sea. Handwoven of cruelty-free silk, this incomparable scarf comes from a small fair trade women's cooperative in India. 60" x 12".
Hand wash, cold water, line dry.
The supplier of this scarf works with artisans throughout India to enhance their production and marketing capacity and preserve the traditional and eco-friendly methods of handicraft production. The revenue earned through the sale of this product is used to fund need-based development programs throughout India.
The supplier works with non-profit groups in India that have developed:
• Training programs for low-caste and tribal women to use foot pedal and power-operated spinning and reeling machines
• Self-help groups where the women save money weekly in a common pool
• Micro-credit operations for the cultivators, spinners and weavers.
These programs have greatly increased the women’s productivity and their earning potential. By using ahimsa silk products, you are helping to sustain the forests and the ancient cultures that live in harmony with nature.
Ahimsa or “cruelty-free” silk is much kinder to the silk worms than commercially farmed silk, where the cocoon is pierced with a pin or dropped in boiling water before the moth has emerged from the cocoon.
With Ahimsa silk, the silk is spun after the silk worm has become a moth and flown out of the cocoon. The thread is then spun from these broken cocoons, giving a textured look to the yarn and the weave. Ahimsa, also know as wild silk, is lustrous and soft with a natural golden color.
Traditionally, the women spun the silk by a method known as “thigh reeling”, which is very labor intensive and unhygienic, as the threads are spun by rubbing them across the woman’s bare thigh. Profits from the sale of these scarves helped them purchase pedal-operated reels, giving them a much healthier and easier method to spin the silk.