Our Showstopper is a textile lover's dream. It's a hand woven work of art. It's the perfect size to wear as a wrap, or as a large bunchy scarf.
This shawl contains two subtle zig-zags which are carefully hand woven by the weaver. To make these special patterns they use small sticks to hold the warp yarns, and change the sticks on each weft row insert to form the design. It takes a lot of skill to weave these patterns by hand. This technique has existed for centuries in Madagascar, and has been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.
This shawl is completely hand-crafted: hand spun yarn, naturally dyed, and hand woven on a floor loom. The women of the Lovasoa Cooperative craft each piece in their small village in the central highlands of Madagascar.
This shawl is made from two species of silk: 1) Wild Borocera silk, a species of silkworm only found in Madagascar. 2) Mulberry silk, for the undyed white yarn.
Only natural dyes are used. The weavers use bark from the nato tree for the red dye. Rice paddy mud is used for the black dye. The dye is fixed, has been washed multiple times, 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 in cool water 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: 17" wide x 80" long. This is what we call a "small shawl" which is slightly longer and wider than our scarves, but not as wide as our "large shawls". Both small and large shawls are about the same length though. Some people wear our small shawls as bunchy scarves, and others prefer to wear them as a shawl/wrap wrapped around the shoulders.