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handwoven scarf, natural dyes – A Tried and True Green Product Review


I recently received a Boulder Linen Scarf (Glade Stripes) from SLOWCOLOR for the purposes of  an honest, first-hand review; here goes…

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(photo above) I adore this lovely scarf. So comfy, lightweight and easy to pack. This particular colorway (pale sky blue and mellow yellow) is subtle and refined. Made of linen, it adds just the right touch of style, for either casual or more elegant occasions. I’ve worn it just about everywhere – while traveling (car, plane and train); running around town in a simple turtleneck & jeans; with tunic, boots & tights; draped over a cute little black dress; and I especially love it as a little extra layer of warmth while at the overly air-conditioned movies.

The gauze weave is made of 100 percent premium European linen handloomed by artisans, which is pretty neat – creating a fine clothing item made without the use of electricity. Colors of the fabric are naturally derived from plants. To keep the process kind to earth, no artificial process was used to soften the fabric. You can tell that a lot of heart and soul went into its making. At first, it felt a touch stiff but the fabric becomes softer with just a little use and age.

It’s nice and long ( 24″ x 72″). I’ve worn it about six different ways, even as a short stole. Which reminds me, for shawl lovers, there’s also the Dakota Ridge – a line of wrap / shawls that measure 34″ x 96″ — providing shoulder-warming year-round.

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SlowColor is a Boulder, Colorado-based company featuring Fair Trade, naturally dyed clothing  handmade by handloom weavers in India. Their 4 lines include: linen scarves, linen wrap/shawls, linen accent scarves and linen throws. psst: use code: for conscious comfort at checkout and receive 10% off.

Related: more Tried and True Green Product Reviews on The Alternative Consumer

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

today’s mixed bag of green news


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