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Silk Market Scarves
We actually got the idea for including Market Scarves on our site from Janet Rodina, owner of Silk Moon Gallery in Sebastopol, California. Janet has a wonderful gallery that probably has the largest selection of Lao textiles in the states. She has now broadened her collection to include gorgeous textiles from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Bali and we encourage anyone visiting the San Francisco area, to take the hour drive up north to the small, picturesque town of Sebastopol where Janet’s gallery is located conveniently downtown. You won’t be disappointed.
But back to Market Scarves. As you can see by browsing through the different sections/galleries on our site, most of our textiles we buy come from specific galleries and weavers. We do this on purpose because we want to offer the “finest in Lao textiles” and support galleries and weavers committed to preserving, enhancing and promoting the weaving heritage of Laos. We’ve spent years researching galleries throughout northern Laos and developing personal and professional relationships to ensure that the textiles we buy will meet our criteria for artistry, authenticity and quality. And if one goes to a market, like the huge Morning Market in Vientiane, and buys textiles from any one of numerous shops, it’s almost impossible to determine where the textiles were woven, who wove them, what kind of silk was used, etc.
But even in their anonymity these scarves have their own alluring charm and we’ve purchased a wide variety of these scarves and offer them here as Market Scarves. Although hand-woven they tend to be somewhat “mass-produced” and the quality while very acceptable, is not the same as in the textiles we offer from specific galleries and weavers which are true works of art. But the good thing is that these Market Scarves are much cheaper and make excellent gifts.
Our Market Scarves, with their soft and supple texture are silky smooth, and combine that with their vibrant and delicious colors in a wide assortment of captivating patterns, you’ll not only look great, you'll feel great too! Our Market Scarves are the perfect accessory to add color and personalized style to any outfit and are a great inexpensive gift idea.
The scarves vary a little in size, but are generally about 14 x 68 inches.