This scarf is named after the Nato tree (nah-too) of Madagascar. The bark of this wonderful plant is used to dye the deep red color. No effort is needed for this scarf- just toss it on- as the Nato scarf's classic look goes with almost everything. The contrasting textures of warp and weft yarn highlight its hand-made nature.
This scarf is 100% Madagascar silk and completely hand-crafted (hand spun yarn, naturally dyed, and hand woven on a floor loom). The women of the Solidarity Cooperative craft each piece in their small village in the central highlands of Madagascar.
This special piece contains two different species of silk - the wild Borocera silk, which is only found in Madagascar, and the cultivated Mulberry silk. The Mulberry silk is the white yarn, which is it's undyed natural color. The Borocera wild silk makes up the rest of the scarf- the "linen" colored yarn is the undyed wild silk, the red is the wild silk dyed with nato bark, which gives the rich red color.
Only natural dyes are used, such as leaves/bark/clay. The dyes are fixed and will not run or fade. This beautiful piece will last a lifetime.
Your purchase directly helps a weaver in our cooperative support her family. It also preserves the cultural tradition of silk weaving in Madagascar.
Each piece comes with a lovely tag that tells the story of the silk and has washing instructions.
Washing instructions: Hand-wash with any kind of soap. Lay flat to dry. Iron while still damp to give it a lovely sheen. Separately, you can steam iron it on a low-ish setting to refresh it from time to time without washing. This also gives it a lovely sheen.