The Vietnam Collection
This collection features a full line of handcrafted silk, silk/linen combo, silk/cotton combo handcrafted scarves in an array of seasonal, gorgeous colors. Classic weave patterns and contemporary designs mark this collection as a standout.
The glamorous look and feel of silk and linen with the benefit of light weight, durability and the cool in the summer and warm in the winter characteristics, make these scarves luxurious as well as practical.
We have partnered with two villages/communes located in a rural community east of Hanoi in Northern Vietnam. Their weaving tradition has existed through many generations and these scarves are woven with respect for tradition and an important way for villagers to make a living and bring extra money into their communities and households. These villages often do not have adequate land to cultivate extra produce to sell or trade, on top of what is produced to feed villagers. It is important for villagers to be able to produce needed, extra income from textile weaving. In this way, artisans are able to provide education possibilities and access to medicine for their families.
This cooperative of 20 families operates 25 looms and can weave up to 5,000 shawls and scarves a month! Allowing for their fair trade products to remain competitive in the marketplace! They uses only local Vietnam raised silk in all of its hand spun yarns.
These villages are supported to use only safe dye ingredients (without AZO and PCP) to protect the health of the artisans and the environment. There has recently been an upgrade in the dye waste filter system to protect the environment of the villages.