Malaza Large Silk Shawl
This large silk shawl will envelope you in earthy luxury. We named this piece "malaza" which means "famous" in Madagascar, because it's so well loved among customers. It goes with almost everything, it's natural colors are rich and complex, and they flatter every skin tone.
It 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 shawl contains two different species of silk: 1) Wild Borocera silk which is only found in Madagascar. The "linen" colored yarn is natural undyed Borocera silk and the red yarn is naturally dyed Borocera silk. 2) Cultivated Mulberry silk. The cultivated Mulberry silk is the white yarn, which is it's undyed natural 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.
Dimensions: 21.5" wide x 80" long. This is what we call a "large shawl".