NATURAL HAND WOVEN ~ HAND DYED 100% RECYCLED HEMP SCARF
Wrap yourself in the natural glow of this gorgeous hemp scarf. Light, elegant, and versatile, it will bring a unique radiance to any outfit. In a cool weather the hemp fabric naturally tightens to keeping you warmer and in warmer weather the fibers relax and breaths, keeping you cool. This hand-woven, fair trade, hemp scarf is produced by a Hmong women's co-operative in Northern Vietnam.
Due to the hand-made nature of our scarves, each scarf is a unique, one of a kind creation in color and design. We often have only one or two of the same color or pattern.
Hemp is grown by the indigenous Hmong hill tribe village co-operatives who undertakes the entire production process; they grow the hemp; cut and process the fiber which is softened by hand using traditional techniques; collect plants, bark and leaves to make sustainable dyes; weave the scarf using a backstrap loom; make the pattern using batik method; dye the fabric with natural dyes leaving their hands dark indigo blue up to their elbows; wash and rinse the finished scarf. Very time consuming!
*For example, making hemp fiber for the Hmong loom is an extremely long process.The hemp plant grows for about 2 ½ months before it is harvested. The leaves are then stripped away and the stalks are dried for about 15 days before being peeled. Next the peeled stalks are twisted together and pounded to make them softer. Finally, the fibers are spun into skeins of thread, washed in ash water and wound into a ball. The arduous process can take over 3 months before any weaving actually begins!
* Please note: Slight imperfections of the weave are characteristic of natural hemp hand-woven scarves and add to the beauty and uniqueness of the scarves, and differentiate it from a machine made scarves. This is normal, and should not be considered a defect.
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