Coming soon! I am very excited about this elegant and unique, Indian hand block scarf. Made using an ancient, mud-resist printing technique called dabu. Complex, richly detailed patterns are carved onto wooden blocks. These patterns are stamped onto our finely woven organic cotton fabric. The colors of this beautiful scarf are Earth/Natural. Spring will rise again, and this will be your perfect eye-catching, envy of all who see, scarf.
The entire scarf-making process – wood-carving, printing, washing, dyeing, boiling and drying – is done by hand. MADE IN INDIA 100% ORGANIC COTTON MACHINE WASH COLD ON DELICATE CYCLE, DRY BY LAYING ON FLAT SURFACE. What a beautiful way to support fair-trade and cultural arts.
The Chincha region of coastal Peru, some 150 miles south of Lima, is home to the lush cotton used to make Maggie’s Legging/Tights/Cams/Tanks/Tees and Scoops. Here, steamy days and cool nights combine for a perfect climate for this super-luxurious variety, but it is an art to coax it out of the ground and through the 6 month arid growing season.
With climate change as the new reality, risks abound. Last year our farmers needed unexpected aid to cover the cost of special mid-season irrigation. So this year we begin a more direct relationship with our specific growers, either in the form of a pre-planting deposit like we have with our Nicaraguan cotton farmers, or to purchase needed machines. Responding to what farmers say they need, instead of purchasing what will look good in PR photos, is what we call real fair trade.
In crop year 2015, for the first time, the cotton gin used for Maggie’s Peru products will begin processing Organic Cotton exclusively. This will save time and money as no extra cleaning will be required, and has enabled the gin to receive GOTS certification. Over 60% of a cotton harvest is lost during ginning, consisting of short unusable fibers, field trash, and seeds. In conventional cotton, this is also where most pesticide residue remains (and what ends up in cottonseed oil, dairy, meat and more.) Working with our supply chains on continuous improvement in quality, environmental improvement, and living conditions is what we call real fair trade.