Fulfilled by our friends at SLATE + SALT
This soft, lightweight scarf is made of natural cotton and is hand dyed with natural indigo to give it this dark blue hue. This versatile, oversized scarf can be worn multiple ways and will be your favorite travel companion!
- Material: 100% Cotton
- Measurements: L 59" x W 25"
- Care: Hand wash cold
- Handmade with love in El Salvador
- As with all handcrafted goods, there are slight variations making each piece a work of art and truly one of a kind.
Purchasing these handmade scarves from the Vivaz Women’s Cooperative, located in San Luis Los Ranchos, supports Salvadoran culture and female empowerment. Through international sales of their products, the women are able to gain financial independence and improve the quality of life for their families.
The “añil” or indigo dye they use is indigenous to the region and was once used by the ancient Mayas. Indigo is a natural plant, and only works on natural cotton fabric. The indigo plant is cut and put into water for fermentation. At the end of the bathing process, the deep blue dye is left at the bottom of the waterbed and then used to create these beautiful textiles.
Until the 1800s, indigo was the only way to dye fabrics blue. This made it very popular and it was the #1 export in El Salvador for a long time. However, when synthetic dyes were created, the demand for indigo plummeted, greatly hurting the Salvadoran economy, perpetuating the difficulties of the lives of indigenous people in the region.
About the Partner & Their Impact:
Our Impact Partner, SLATE + SALT, is a mission based brand providing a worldwide customer base for artisanal treasures found in rural, impoverished villages around the world. We support the Fair Trade movement and work closely with Fair Trade organizations to facilitate dignified working opportunities in areas of extreme poverty. All of our products are artisan handmade using traditional techniques handed down through generations. We specialize in cashmere scarves hand-loomed in Nepal by disabled weavers, alpaca accessories from Peru, Turkish towels from a cooperative in Turkey and jewelry created from recycled bomb remnants originating in Laos and Cambodia.
Empowerment Through Employment + Freedom From Trafficking + Women Owned
Packaging Details: 100% Curbside Recycle