Women's Patterned Geometric Cotton Blend Scarves(22 items)
"A challenge is to teach my children and members of the community to weave, just as my parents taught me. In this way, we will preserve the handloom tradition."
"I was born and raised in a small town in Guatemala where I lived with my parents, five brothers and a... read more
Popular Women's Patterned Geometric Cotton Blend Scarves
Authentic Handwoven Green Cotton Kente Cloth Scarf, "Green Pebbles"$37.99
The intricate texture in this handsome kente cloth scarf is inspired by beach pebbles. Designed by a fisherman around 1898, its name means "pebbles of the shore are hard to crack." The tiny blocks of pattern represent the thoughts of that ancestral craftsman. Handcrafted by the Gobah Tengey-Seddoh Family, this extraordinary double weave textile is one of the most difficult patterns to achieve. These expert weavers use traditional looms.
Each strip requires considerable effort, and the looms are worked with both hands and feet. Strips are generally three to four inches wide and seven to ten feet long, and the length of time it takes to complete one strip varies by the complexity of the chosen pattern. The simplest use mostly vertical, or warp patterns, and an experienced weaver can make several of those in one day. But patterns with nearly all weft (horizontal thread) patterns, where the warp design is hardly visible, can take up to four days to complete an individual strip. Each color has its own meanings in Asante culture. Green is fertility and new harvest, gold is royalty, black is strength, aging, and spirituality, while white is purity. The patterns themselves are carefully chosen symbols, which a master weaver develops and names, often to honor people, historical events, or proverbs.
Collectible Women's Geometric Blend Scarf, "Rosewood Mountain"
Woven by hand, this beautiful scarf features a diamond motif that evokes steep mountains. It is a hallmark of Miguel Hernandez's personal style. He works with a cotton blend in rosewood with black accents. "This design represents who I am," the artisan says with pride. "It uses my favorite materials. I've woven the motifs that are a symbol of my family and it was created on a loom I built myself."
Vibrant One Cotton Blend Kente Scarf from Ghana, "Fathia Elegance"$49.99
Named Fathia, an Egyptian name for a woman, this wrap scarf displays the vibrant geometric motifs characteristic of traditional kente cloth. Ghanaian artisan Rachel Armah designs this scarf, which is diligently woven by hand from a rayon and cotton blend to create a single strip of kente fabric.
Two Strips Handwoven Green and Red African Kente Scarf, "Akan Blessing"$94.99
Black complements red and green in a colorful scarf by Rachel Armah. Woven by hand, traditional West African kente cloth depicts a design known as Nhyira. The phrase means "blessing" in the Akan language.
Each strip of kente cloth requires considerable effort, and the looms are worked with both hands and feet. Each color has its own meanings in Asante culture. Green is fertility and new harvest, gold is royalty, black is strength, aging and spirituality, and white is purity.