Style that Gives Back: SEAsTra Open Weave Scarves

During this next installment of our Style that Gives Back: Look Good, Do Good series, we’re moving eastward to Thailand to focus on SEAsTra’s beautiful, hand-woven scarves. SEAsTra , which stands for Southeast Asia Trade, is a member of both the Fair Labor Association and Fair Trade Los Angeles. Their main goals are the prohibition of child labor and fair compensation, sustainability, and individual and cultural respect.

All of the scarves are handwoven by artisans in northern Thailand.

SEAsTra works with artisan groups throughout Southeast Asia in order to promote their handmade items to consumers all over the world. They operate under a Fair Trade business model and are dedicated to making sure 10% of their profits are reinvested back into the local communities. We’re happy to feature their gorgeous Open Weave Cotton Scarves on our Trend Table, carefully crafted by Klum Doi Tao in the hills of northwestern Thailand.

A draped blue open weave scarf.

These funky and fun scarves have interesting origins. The area they come from is home to both Karen and Tai people who have long worked side-by-side. As farmers, they grow their own cotton and also mix their own dyes. This has allowed them to develop a sustainable and eco-friendly enterprise that produces high-quality products that are each unique. All of the dyeing and weaving support the agricultural work of the local farming communities.

The dyes are made by the agricultural communities.

These scarves come in a variety of sizes, textures, and colors. The dedication and skills of the artisans also ensure that each product is of incredibly high quality. They are loose enough to spice up a summertime outfit but are also sure to add a pop of color during the winter season.

If the inspiring and harmonious cooperation of the Thai communities isn’t enough, the stunning design of each scarf is sure to make a statement.  With the proceeds being reinvested in these agricultural communities, this truly is Style that Gives Back.

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