New Hand Woven Silk and Cotton Scarves from Laos

silk weaving in Laos


We have recently received a brand new range of beautiful handwoven silk and cotton scarves from Laos, South East Asia.

Our fantastic supplier in Laos is is a fair trade social business that works with traditional handicraft artisans to preserve and promote Lao village crafts. We are really pleased to support them in working to create employment opportunities for villagers, especially women, and reduce poverty.

These scarves are all beautiful, unique textiles and are warm and breathable to wear. Browse our fair trade silk scarves here...


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Black Friday Weekend - Donating Not Discounting!

There's nothing black about our Friday! We are donating 10% of all sales from our shop and website until Sunday to Manorlands Hospice. 

For more information about this fantastic local charity here's a link to their website:

From The Source will donate 10% of all sales from Friday 27th of November to Sunday 29th of November 2015 directly to Manorlands Hospice.



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Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal we are currently donating 10% of the sales from our Nepalese products to the UK Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

The DEC distributes money to 13 partner charities that are working in Nepal. Find out more and make a donation:

From The Source work with various suppliers in Nepal to import our Tibetan cotton bags, wool hats and gloves, and men's shirts and some ladies clothing. We have been in touch with people in Nepal and as far as we know our suppliers are unharmed.

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Fair Trade Wool Hats, Gloves, Hand warmers & Headbands from Nepal

Feeling cold? Our wide range of unique women's wool beanie hats is now available on line and in or shop in Skipton. We've teamed up with some fantastic suppliers in Nepal to source quality, fairly traded, hand-knitted wool hats and gloves. Our ladies wool beanie hats are stylish and warm, some are colourful and fun and others are more understated and easy to match up with your winter outfit. All with a fleece lining for comfort and added warmth.

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Don't fancy wearing a hat? Try our fair trade wool headbands that keep your ears nice and warm and are all fleece lined so they are lovely and soft to wear.

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Finally to be super-cosy try out a pair of our fair trade wool gloves or hand warmers, all of which are available in a wide range of colours and knits. Our fingerless wool mittens are very warm, and folding the cap back turns the mittens into a pair of fingerless gloves. Wool hand warmers are perfect to wear everyday in the winter, leaving your fingers free but adding an extra bit of warmth (and colour) to your outfit.

fair trade wool handwarmerspurple kitted wool handwarmersfingerless wool mittens fair trade from Nepal

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Ethical Fashion in Skipton Autumn/ Winter 2014

Lots of new Autumn/ Winter clothing in our shop now by Nomads and Braintree - they are both really good ranges and selling fast!

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From The Source Skipton Shop Now Open!

We’re delighted to announce that our new shop in Skipton is now open! After weeks of decorating and shopfitting we opened on the 12th of October, offering our unique range of ethically sourced clothing, accessories and gifts.

Skipton is famous for being the “gateway to the Dales”, and is certainly a picturesque town with great access to the Yorkshire Dales, but also offers a great selection of independent shops and has a market four days a week. We hope to make a good addition to this mix, selling organic cotton and hemp clothing for men and women, a big range of handwoven silk and cotton scarves, bags, ethical crafts, childrenswear and gifts.


Find us at 23-25 Coach Street, right next to the canal and the long-stay Coach Street car park – we’re open Monday-Saturday from 9.30-5.00.



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Aung san suu kyi wears Saoban scarf in meeting with Dalai Lama

Aung san suu kyi wears Saoban scarf in meeting with Dalai Lama


One of our main suppliers in Laos, Saoban, are very pleased to have seen the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi wearing a Saoban scarf for her audience with the Dalai Lama.  The scarf was given to her by someone from Amnesty International who told her about the origin of the scarf and about the work of Saoban.  Saoban are “honoured to see her wearing the scarf for such an auspicious meeting”.

Aung san suu kyi with the Dalai Lama


Aung San Suu Kyi also wore a Saoban limegreen soulaboul scarf for her her audience with the King of Sweden and signature to receive her Nobel prize.


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fair trade scarves & rural development in Laos

At From The Source we've been steadily increasing the amount of cotton products we source from Laos, in particular handwoven, naturally dyed fabric that's produced in rural areas. We love these cotton products, and now stock cotton scarves for men and women in a range of beautiful natural colours that have a lovely handmade feel. They are truly original scarves that look great on, and also have a fantastic story as making them is offering new opportunties for women in Laos and providing sustainable rural development. Fair trade & rural development in Laos[/caption] Laos is a predominately rural country with many people solely reliant on farming for an income. Many people grow up with very limited access to education, and have few employment opportunties. This is particularly true for women as it is generally men who are resposible for family income. It is very common for women to be taught weaving and textile production skills by their mothers, and as well as weaving their own skirts rural women sometimes sell textiles to the local market for extra income. There are great traditions of raising cotton and silk on small scale farms, and using locally available plants to produce natural dyes. However, some agricultural development in Laos is threatening this small scale farming and local biodiversity, as commercial crops such as corn and rubber are being promoted as a way to generate more income from farming. This is completely changing local agriculture patterns and livelihoods, and threatening to wipe out many of the raw materials for Lao handicrafts. In some areas our craft suppliers are finding it increasingly difficult to find villages that are raising silk and growing cotton, and instead finding evidence that the new industrial crops are causing environmental problems like landslides and flashfloods because of clear cutting and the use of tractors to plough hillsides. [caption id="attachment_220" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Employment for women in rural Laos"]Employment for women in rural Laos[/caption] By increasing the demand for Lao handicrafts and textiles, there will be more opportunity to earn an income in rural Laos, especially for women. The traditional crafts of weaving and natural dyes can be encouraged, and the negative impacts of the introduction of large scale commercial crops in Laos may be limited, and local biodiversity and small scale farming methods preserved.  Read some of the personal stories of people who are benefitting from rural employment in textile production, and learn more about one of our fantastic suppliers in Laos in this article published in Laos' English language newspaper The Vientiane Times: Saoban - Changing the Lives of Villagers in Laos [caption id="attachment_227" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Indigo Blue Loose Weave Organic Cotton Scarf"]Indigo Blue Loose Weave Organic Cotton Scarf[/caption] We encourage organic farming practices and are working towards organic certification for cotton products from Laos. By supporting small scale farming, traditional weaving and natural dyes our fair trade scarves are making a real difference to the lives of people in Laos. However, none of this is possible unless we can continue to offer fantastic scarf designs that people will love to wear. Check out our current ranges online: organic cotton scarves handwoven silk scarves
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