This super soft, finely woven merino wool scarf is slightly oversized, so can double as a shawl or headscarf if preferred. Unlike some wool products, this scarf has no itchiness to it making it really comfortable to wear and offers the same level of warmth and cosiness. The black and grey ombre effect on this scarf is created by dip-dyeing both ends by hand in azo-free dyes.
Finely handwoven on wooden looms at a small, fair trade workshop in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Dyed and finished by hand.
Machine washable on a cool wash. Do not tumble dry.
Approximately 70cm wide x 210cm long. Tell Me More SUSTAINABLE
Merino wool comes from the merino sheep and has particularly special qualities compared with standard wool - it is luxuriously soft and fine and has a unique sheen. Combined with the natural ability wool has to insulate and repel water, merino is considered one of finest wools in the world and is still one of the most sustainable fabrics in existence - it is renewable and biodegradable and requires relatively little water for its production.
AURA QUE works closely with small producer groups that are WFTO members to ensure healthy and safe work environments and payment of living wages. They also encourage trade for small Nepalese family businesses and charity handicraft units, aiming to slowly build long term relationships with these suppliers, under the same fair principles. These producers employ local people that may be affected by discrimination or disabilities, providing an income for themselves and their families according to fair trade principles.
AURA QUE also helps to make a difference to underprivileged communities by investing in equipment, encouraging return orders and developing the skills of the producers. About the Brand AURA QUE was founded in 2008 by Laura Queening, from which the name AURA QUE was taken. Laura lived in Nepal for several years, working directly with producers developing new patterns and ideas as well as organising production runs. She worked with Deepchand's workshop in Bhaktapur, a workshop that employed local women who worked flexible hours near their homes enabling them to earn an income around their family commitments. They prepared the looms, spun the bobbins and hand made the fabric in a looser weave for the scarves.
Laura has been working with the same fair trade producer for over 10 years, but now that she is living in Hastings, she visits Kathmandu for a few months every year to source new materials, sample new designs, maintain quality control and catch up with old friends!