Green upcycled sari cotton kantha infinity scarf

Shaktiism

Green upcycled sari cotton kantha infinity scarf

£32.00

Brighten your outfit on a chilly day with an upcycled infinity sari scarf. All of the scarves from this collection are custom-made for Shakti.ism in Jaipur, India. Each piece is unique, made from the fabric of two carefully chosen complementary saris, one for each side of the infinity scarf. Bright colours, bold prints, and unique pairings reflect local fabrics, and ensure that no one else has a scarf exactly like yours.

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Shakitiism is an accessories brand with a mission to empower and support marginalised women, particularly those who are at risk of being impacted by gender-based violence.

Discover one-of-a-kind pouches, tote bags and yoga mats – all of which are designed in London and ethically made by hand by artisans in India and Bangladesh.

Each item uses repurposed and recycled donated sari fabric to create unique fair trade accessories and gifts.

Shakti.ism also partners with grassroots NGOs in India that work with disadvantaged women and girls. Together, they make use of artisans' existing skills, as well as preserve local traditions. They also sponsor and provide livelihood skills training.

With their NGO partners, they ensure fair working conditions, safe supportive spaces and encourage entrepreneurship to break the cycle of poverty.

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Each beautiful loop scarf combines straight even rows of hand stitching known as kantha, traditional to Northwestern India and Bangladesh. Use yours as a vibrant scarf on a cold autumn evening or a snug throw or blanket while you curl up with a good book. Or both!

The word ‘kantha’ means ‘patched cloth’ and women from this region have made functional shawls like this for centuries. These stunning kantha products are superimposed layers of repurposed saris, carefully hand-sewn with neat rows of contrasting thread to form a beautiful finished looping scarf. Each item is made from 100% reclaimed cotton sari cloth, and has the hand-stitched name of its maker sewn into the cloth.


//Material
Soft cotton fabric from repurposed saris


//Dimensions
Approximately 84 x 24 cm when laid flat (approx. 33 x 9.5 in)


//Care
Dry cleaning is recommended to maintain the vibrant colour and texture of your handmade cotton kantha product.


//The backstory
While Anoothi creates beauty, it also brings empowerment into the lives of thousands of poor rural women and destitute children of India. Anoothi is a unique combination of two very different elements: creativity and compassion! Using microcredit and micro-enterprise, we help to support and organise poor rural women of Rajasthan, India in self-help groups. Anoothi provides training in making home decor and textiles, wearable garments and jewellery. Their creations are ethnic and traditional, and aim to preserve and promote the indigenous craft and skill of natives. Anoothi aims not only to give sustenance to poor women but the process is further extended to the next generation. 50% of the profit generated through Anoothi products is contributed to sustaining Vatsalya’s Street Children rehabilitation program and 25% is spent on health care of the Anoothi women.

Every single purchase from this collection changes lives & builds futures.