Silk Button Scarf
Seller Story: Gadabout Goods offers a thoughtfully curated, small batch collection of home goods, accessories, and gifts from India, Southeast Asia, and North Africa. We seek out only the most beautiful handcrafted collections through extensive expeditions throughout the regions. Focusing on handmade items that support small communities, with a particular emphasis on empowering women, allows us to make a difference in this small world.
Product Description: Our cotton scarf is hand-loomed by a Moroccan women's collective in the Atlas Mountains of Northern Morocco. A beautiful statement piece with a rich story. This technique for knotting silk buttons was developed hundreds of years ago by Moroccan Jews. When the Jews were expelled from Spain in the 1490's, thousands fled to northern Africa and lived peacefully with the indigenous population for hundreds of years. They became important contributors to the culture and economy and developed a technique for hand knotting buttons used on men's clothing. At one point, over 250,000 Jews lived in Morocco, but most left the country in the 1940's with the creation of the state of Israel. Only about 5,000 practicing Jews remain in the country. The button-making handicraft they had created was dying out until Amina, who started this women's cooperative in the Northern mountains, picked it up. She now teaches local women the technique and they use it to create decorative feminine accessories. Your purchase empowers female organized cooperatives in Morocco in communities where women are often discouraged or banned from taking jobs. These women receive training and fair wages to support themselves and their families.Dimensions: Measures 68" x 56"