We discovered Ethiopian brand TAARIK in the winter of 2014 when we were on the hunt for our winter essentials. Because we use them so often to protect us from the elements, scarves become one of the most personal and intimate items of clothing that we wear. Like you we wanted to invest in pieces that we could love and be proud of that's been made with love and care, and adds value to the people who handcrafted them.
So we went to the experts to find such scarves- In Ethiopia, hand weaving is an important tradition with deep roots. For generations, all over the country, many households have depended on weaving to earn income and sustain livelihoods.
Our TAARIK scarves are handwoven using soft Ethiopian cotton in Arba Minch in Southern Ethiopia by communities with a rich history in weaving.
Why We Love TAARIK
TAARIK shares our philosophy of using fashion for empowerment, not just in the way the pieces are made but also by reinvesting the profits to educate young girls in their community. With the purchase of each scarf, TAARIK provides school fees, a school uniform and school supplies for one girl through their partner Project Ethiopia.
What They Say
"Taarik is based on the concept of slow fashion -- an alternative to mass-produced fashion. It’s about quality over quantity; artisan-made over machine-produced. We strive to make hand-made products that minimally impact the environment by using natural fibers and dyes. Our products are made to last, by individuals who take pride in their work. By working one-on-one with artisan communities, we are able to showcase rare skills such as weaving, hand-dyeing, and block printing, skills that are rapidly being replaced by automated machines. It’s our way of preserving these art forms and supporting the households that depend on them for their livelihoods."