The cotton is spun by hand and the scarf is woven using techniques inspired by ancient weaving traditions. Hand weaving is an intricate process that takes a lot of time and results in richly textured fabrics. A weaver can usually produce only three scarves in one day.
Our supplier is a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation and operates a wonderful facility in Addis Ababa where spinners and weavers are employed in a safe, supportive and comfortable environment. The cotton is sourced from small-holders around Ethiopia. Some of the cured patients from the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital are now earning an income by spinning cotton for this supplier.