Our bamboo scarves are made by a cooperative of 180 women from the highlands of Guatemala. Twenty-two years ago the women came together for safety and support during the dangerous days of the Civil War. Today, many of their daughters have taken a leadership role in the organization. Their track record of professionalism, from product development to business skills, allows them to earn two to four times what a weaver might earn producing on her own for the local market. In addition, co-op members work from home where they also manage their domestic duties: caring for their families and tending their gardens. Income earned through the sale of this bamboo scarf allows them access to a better diet, medical services and helps keep their children in school.
Bamboo fibers are often compared to silk because they feel both warm and cool to the touch.