Handwoven Mint and Aqua Rayon Chenille Scarf from Guatemala
Enchanted Sky, Handwoven Mint and Aqua Rayon Chenille Scarf from Guatemala
K'amolon K'i K'ojonelThis beautiful scarf combines pastel tones of lilac with turquoise, mint green and sky blue. From K'amolon K'i K'ojonel, the chenille scarf is woven by hand on a traditional backstrap loom from rayon...$54.99
Artist: K'amolon K'i K'ojonel
Guatemalan Loom Woven Checkerboard Pattern Rayon Scarf
Checkerboard, Guatemalan Loom Woven Checkerboard Pattern Rayon Scarf
Ranm Ixoqi'From the female artisan group Ranm Ixoqi' of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, comes this multi-colored, loom-woven scarf. Ranm Ixoqi' means "woman's heart" in Kaqchikel, a language of Mayan descent...$59.99
Artist: Ranm Ixoqi'
Breeze of Blue Purple
Hand Woven Cotton Shawl Thai Blue Purple Wrap
Breeze of Blue Purple, Hand Woven Cotton Shawl Thai Blue Purple Wrap
VinitaHand-spun yarns of blue and purple cotton create the illusion of a soft mesh in the fabulous design of this shawl. From Thailand's Vinita, the shawl is woven by hand.$23.99
Guatemalan Rayon Chenille Scarf Hand Woven in Shades of Blue
Blue Nights, Guatemalan Rayon Chenille Scarf Hand Woven in Shades of Blue
K'amolon K'i K'ojonelTalented weavers from K'amolon K'i K'ojonel create a fascinating iridescent effect as they weave this scarf in delicious shades that range from dark and light blue all the way to purple. They weave...$49.99
Artist: K'amolon K'i K'ojonel
Artisan Crafted Batik Cotton Scarf in Dark Amethyst Purple
Midnight Stroll, Artisan Crafted Batik Cotton Scarf in Dark Amethyst Purple
Gladys Ayorkor AyiWrap yourself in comfort and style with this hand-dyed batik scarf from by Ghanaian artisan Gladys Ayorkor Ayi. Dark shades of purple amethyst edge the sides leading to carefully tied fringe at each...$37.99
Artist: Gladys Ayorkor Ayi
Hand Spun Silk Scarf Woven in Purple Blue and Grey
Purple Iridescence, Hand Spun Silk Scarf Woven in Purple Blue and Grey
VinitaThailand's Vinita creates a purple iridescent effect for the design of this stunning scarf. The scarf is woven on a traditional loom with hand-spun silk dyed in shades of purple, dark purple, dark...$47.99
Colorful Zigzag Wool Shawl Handloomed in Indian
Poppy Romance, Colorful Zigzag Wool Shawl Handloomed in Indian
SajadWrap yourself in this lightweight 100% wool shawl and stay cozy in all seasons. Woven by Sajad on a traditional Indian handloom, poppy red and royal blue warp and weft threads combine to make myriad...$59.99
Artisan Crafted Rayon Blend Floral Shawl from Thailand
Mandarin Royal, Artisan Crafted Rayon Blend Floral Shawl from Thailand
VinitaThis royal blue rayon and silk blend shawl is presented by Thai artisan Vinita. She dyes rayon and silk threads by hand and crafts this impressive floral shawl with a delicate fringe. It is the...$47.99
Speckled Field in Iris
Batik Tie-Dyed Cotton Scarf in Blue-Violet from Thailand
Speckled Field in Iris, Batik Tie-Dyed Cotton Scarf in Blue-Violet from Thailand
Chomsuda SamanaIris fades to a field of blue-violet in this scarf by Chomsuda Samana of Thailand, handwoven from 100% cotton with fringes on the ends. Following in the footsteps of her mother, the artisan works with...$23.99
Artist: Chomsuda Samana
Handmade Alpaca Wool Solid Scarf from Peru
Lily Valley, Handmade Alpaca Wool Solid Scarf from Peru
Felipe BerckholtzPeru's Felipe Berckholtz transforms the luxurious warmth of alpaca into the ideal scarf for those cold weather days. The ancient Inca discovered the attributes of this fiber, reserving it for the...$59.99
Artist: Felipe Berckholtz
Breeze of Blue Pink
Blue Pink and Brown Hand Woven Cotton Shawl Thai Wrap
Breeze of Blue Pink, Blue Pink and Brown Hand Woven Cotton Shawl Thai Wrap
VinitaHand-spun yarns of blue, pink, and brown cotton create the illusion of a soft mesh in the fabulous design of this shawl. From Thailand's Vinita, the shawl is woven by hand.$19.99
Kawung Plains in Iris
Hand Dyed Kawung Batik Silk Shawl With Floral Pattern
Kawung Plains in Iris, Hand Dyed Kawung Batik Silk Shawl With Floral Pattern
Yuni KristinaSaid to represent the hope that humans will always remember their origins, the kawung batik pattern was once reserved solely for the royal family. In an original design, Java's Yuni Kristina combines...$59.99
Artist: Yuni Kristina
Women's Blue or Purple Accessories(12 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Women's Blue or Purple Accessories Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans worldwide.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
Hand-washing and dry cleaning are the most common ways to care for and clean shawls. Many of our alpaca shawls specifically indicate dry-cleaning or hand-washing with cold water. Because shawls are delicate, a garment bag is a good way to prevent damage. Avoid direct sunlight and high heat. As always, it is important to follow the care instructions specific to the fabric of your shawl.
The great thing about shawls is that they are versatile. One can find a shawl for every season. Warmth is often based on the tightness of the weave and the type of material used. Alpaca fiber is known for its thermal capacity and provides an optimal degree of warmth. Sheep wool also acts as an insulator, absorbing moisture and creating a feeling of coziness for the wearer. Shawls made of cashmere and pashmina are light and thin, yet still provide a high degree of warmth. In Mexico, shawls made from San Juan Chamula sheep keep one warm and comfortable.
Comfort is always a question of preference, but certain fabrics lend themselves to softness and warmth. Shawls from the Andes are made from super soft alpaca fibers, and provide wearers a high level of comfort. Similarly, in Thailand and Bali, silk shawls are always favorites. Depending on ones climate, particular shawls may be preferable. Central American shawls made from cotton and rayon keep wearers cool in warm climates, whereas bamboo and acrylic shawls are great for cold weather. During hot summers, Indian shawls made of modal, silk, and viscose are a perfect option, and merino wool and cashmere are ideal for winter. West Africa stands by the luxurious comfort of their 100% cotton shawls, and Mexico prioritizes comfort with their beautiful wool designs.
It depends on what you mean by handmade. We support artisans who work in the ancient traditions of their ancestors, crafting items by hand, with patience and love. But techniques vary among shawl makers. Embroidery, hand-painting, stitching, and sewing are often part of the process. Some artisans do use power looms when crafting their shawls, but even in those instances, there is no mega-factory or mass production line behind the garment. The beauty, creativity, and inspiration for each shawl comes from the artists own heart. Our product descriptions will always specify if an item is hand-woven, hand-knit, or otherwise.
The shawl comes to us full of history, culture, and heritage. Each region invests its shawls with different symbols, patterns, and designs. Some shawls, like those in West Africa and the Andes, feature linear and geometric shapes, clean lines and patterns that have been passed down through the centuries. In Bali, we find elaborate batik designs, a technique that makes use of alternating dye and wax to block color. In Central America, embroidered and woven shawls incorporate designs inspired by corn, butterflies, and birds. Floral patterns are very popular in Indian shawls, particularly in pashminas from Kashmir. Gujarati shawls often depict geometric shapes, and artisans increasingly incorporate contemporary designs through hand-painted fabric. Thailand also integrates floral patterning, often using the yok dok technique, a brocade style that leaves the fabric slightly raised. This emphasis on brocade is also evident in Mexican shawls, with lavish designs in the form of frets, flowers and geometric figures, all inspired by pre-Hispanic cultures.
Fibers, dyes, and fabrics come together in innovative, unique ways during the creation of a shawl. Different regions rely on resources that are readily available and have cultural significance. In West Africa, 100% cotton and rayon frequently make their appearances in shawls. In Bali and Thailand, soft silk lends a luxuriousness to the shawl. Central American artisans incorporate bamboo rayon, while India makes use of wool and silk. Mexico boasts an array of vibrant natural and cotton yarn dyes, and artisans from the Andes weave shawls out of soft alpaca fiber.
Throughout the world, the shawl is considered a venerated garment, made by hand from techniques passed down through generations. The methods for making traditional shawls vary as widely as the regions from which they come. But most employ some method of hand knitting or weaving on a loom. In the Andes, for example, crocheting and flat weaving on a treadle loom are common techniques. In Central America, backstrap and foot looms are popular with artisans. In Bali, one finds intricate sewing, in addition to weaving. And in India and Thailand, practices of hand-painting fabric, batik, and the use of natural dyes are intimately tied to the creation of shawls.
Featured Reviews on Women's Blue or Purple Accessories
By Ann Y
This is a great scarf!
Chomsuda Samanas scarf Speckled Field in Iris is such a pretty scarf. Its casual and fun. I love the way the stripes vary from light to dark purple with white stripes to set off the colors. As with all Novica items, it was very well packed and quickly shipped. Thank you Chomsuda for a beautiful addition to my wardrobe.
This shawl is luxurious. It has depth to its color and the material is of high quality. I purchased this for myself and plan to pick up an additional color for my mother-in-law.
Vinita Batik accessories
When asked about any challenges to overcome, I would say that I never have any obstacles. I think I do what I can do and don't force things that aren't ready or things that I cannot do.'