Wednesday, November 30, 2011
fair trade silk scarf. They are created (without child labor!) in a small Cambodian village, and they use a portion of the proceeds from each scarf sold to furnish school supplies for TEN children. The scarf I received is valued at $26 on sale, and covers the cost of materials, labor, and school supplies for 10 kids (notebooks, maps, pens, pencils, paper, etc). That is shocking to me. Such a nominal amount to provide for so much! Most of the workers in this area (farmers, crafters, etc) survive on an income of $20-$40 per month.
It takes 6-8 days for them to finish each scarf. They purchase raw silk from local farmers, dye it naturally by hand, dry it, and spin it into thread using a spinning wheel. The finished silk thread is woven by a traditional wooden loom. They then hand twist the threads at the ends to prevent them from fraying. If you purchase one, you should hand wash it in cold water with a gentle detergent, lie flat to air dry, and a low heat iron can smooth out any wrinkles.
You can get more information on Cambodian Threads from their website, Facebook, or Twitter pages.
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