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Afghan Embroidered Silk Scarf

Item # 32401
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Lightweight weave and unbelievable warmth make these embroidered scarves beautifully functional -- their artisan nature makes them fantastic. Handmade in Afghanistan with a blend of wool and silk, Nasima's scarves create opportunity for Afghanistan's many war widows -- ensuring that the scarves will warm your heart even when not worn.

Available in your choice of Natural or Peach, each scarf is embroidered at its ends with delightful floral strips. Using silk made entirely in Herat, Afghanistan, the threads are dyed and woven in Kabul, where the finished products are produced. Nasima is one of the first women in her country to source all of her silk locally -- rather than importing it -- establishing her a true innovator and investor in the future of her community.

Scarves measure 78.75" L x 12" W (200 x 30 cm). Materials: 50% silk, 50% wool. Handmade in and fairly traded from Afghanistan.

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Artisan: Nasima

Artisan Nasima

In Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, Nasima's small silk dying and weaving business provides fair wages, employment, and training to more than 40 women (and a handful of men). Hand-dying, weaving, sewing, and embroidering beautiful silk scarves and other textiles, Nasima's artisans are able to secure a constant stream of income, learn new skills, and gain respect and freedom.

Nasima explains, "Through providing vocational training, teaching new skills and providing orders to the people I work with I advocate gender issues, promote peace and advocate against violence. Many of the women I work with suffer spousal abuse, but many of their husbands have improved a lot since the women have work and provide an income to the house. The women gain respect and more freedom through the work they do. I want consumers to know that our products are 100% Afghan silk, my aim is to support Afghan families, and I seek to provide Afghan women the possibility to improve their lives."

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