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Made of ultra-light organic Bengalcotton, this delicate scarf is accented with hand-stitched motifs that create a stunning floating effect. The fair trade commitment from Bloom & Give means this scarf has been beautifully made using traditional processes by skilled artisans in India.
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Textiles have been handmade In India for thousands of years. Artists here have been transforming natural cotton, silk and wool into things of beauty using highly intricate techniques of dyeing, weaving & embroidery. The creative inspiration at Bloom & Give comes from discovering these heirloom traditions and carefully reinterpreting them to make contemporary products for everyday life.
TECHNIQUE: BENGAL JAMDANI WEAVE
For over 2,000 years, along the banks of the mighty Ganges, weavers in Bengal have been perfecting a textile art-form like no other. Fine cotton fibers are painstakingly drawn and spun into a slender muslin yarn, which is then dyed, washed and dried along the riverbanks. Hundreds of little motifs are then individually hand-stitched using the Jamdani technique while the yarn is being loomed. Bengal muslin is the softest sheer cotton we’ve laid hands on and is a perfect foil for many applications.
Each Bengal muslin scarf is shipped in a hand-loomed reusable cotton bag with a card that describes how your purchase helps change girls’ lives.
100% organic cotton 70 x 27 in.
“We travel the length and breadth of India to discover awe-inspiring traditions of textile artistry. These artforms have been perfected over thousands of years! We are convinced that not only are these traditions worth preserving, but that they are still highly relevant today.”
In the developing world, education is the best way for a girl to escape the vicious cycle of childhood marriage, pre-teen pregnancy and domestic abuse. When she goes to school, she lives a healthier life, earns more, and makes her community stronger. Educated girls are crucial to erasing global poverty and minimizing conflict, and the world needs them now, more than ever!
When she goes to school, amazing things happen to her, to her community and to the world.
10% of every purchase (~50% of their profits) goes directly to girls education programs. Each of these programs targets a specific obstacle in each community that prevents girls from going to school.
Several times a year, Bloom & Give visit the schools that they support to see the impact first-hand. The girls in these programs fight all odds to be there because of a burning desire to stand on their own two feet in life. They are there often against the wishes of their parents and community, and in some cases, their husbands and in-laws. Meeting these courageous girls and hearing their stories has been an indescribably uplifting experience for the team at Bloom & Give.
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