These classic silk scarves never go out of style. They are elegantly lightweight and large enough to be worn as a scarf or a wrap.
Traditionally hand-loomed by a women’s weaving cooperative and made from 100% Khmer (Cambodian) silk and non-toxic dyes. The Cambodia women’s silk weaving cooperative is located in the Takeo Province, a rural, low income area. They employ over 500 weavers from 7 villages. The silk is also produced locally by 350 farmers who grow mulberry trees which rear cocoons from silk worms. The cocoons are spun into silk thread and eventually hand-loomed into these elegant works of art.
• Material: 100% Khmer Silk • Measurements: L 66" x W 33" • Handmade with love in Cambodia • As with all handcrafted goods, there are slight variations making each piece a work of art and truly one of a kind. • Care: Hand wash with gentle detergent. Do not iron or steam.
The goal of this social enterprise is to prevent the ancient Cambodian silk weaving tradition from vanishing, while empowering women and contributing to the economic development of more isolated areas. The complex art of silk weaving is a dying ancient tradition but the weaving cooperative trains younger generations to keep it alive. They provide employment opportunities and training for women living in the area who would otherwise be forced to flee to neighboring countries in search of jobs. There, separated from their families and lacking education, they often fall into dangerous situations such as human trafficking, sexual abuse or hard work conditions. By joining the weaving cooperative, the women become financially independent and can work from home so they can care for their children at the same time.
Along with providing help to dedicated Cambodian craftspeople with few other options, your purchase also helps support Ocean Conservancy: working to bring people, science and policy together with a mission to counter the many threats to ocean health and sustainability. From protecting vital, vulnerable ecosystems through legislation, to enforcing accountability among leaders, Ocean Conservancy seeks solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.