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This listing is for two bundles of recycled sari silk ribbon. Each bundle weighs about 97 grams and is approximately 47-49 yards, for a total of 195 grams (6.9 oz) and 94-98 yards. This ribbon is reduced in price because the quality is not quite up to par - most of this ribbon is silk, but there are a few cotton strands.
The first photo shows the exact ribbon that you will receive - click here to see more color combinations, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NorthcottWilson?section_id=5854290. The second photo is an example of what a typical skein of sari ribbon looks like when it is untwisted. The beautiful Nepali baby in the third photo, attired in traditional costume for his "rice ceremony," illustrates how choosing to buy fair trade products positively impacts the lives of workers in developing countries - this adorable fellow probably would not exist if his mother hadn't been able to earn a good wage making recycled silk ribbon and yarn (more info on her story, below).
This fair trade sari ribbon is made by a women's collective in Nepal that collects sari silk scraps from textile factories. They stitch the scraps together, end to end, to form a long multi-colored ribbon of sari fabric that is mostly solids but may include irridescents, stripes, prints, and jacquards. The edges of this ribbon are not finished like a commercial ribbon, they are frayed. The width of the ribbon varies considerably throughout the skein; on average it's about an inch. Texture varies too - there can be crisp taffetas, smooth satins, light organzas, and heavy metallic embroideries. There usually are a couple knots or discontinuities (loose ends) within each bundle. This is leftover, discarded fabric, so you may find occasional dye spots or stitching. As with most recycled silk products, this ribbon may not be completely colorfast when wet - I recommend handwashing separately in cold water with a gentle detergent.
If you have severe allergies to metal, then it may be best to avoid recycled sari ribbon due to the fact that it often contains metallic threads, a popular embellishment for saris.
See my other listings for sari ribbon in other colors, as well as several weights of sari silk yarn. A lot can fit into a Flat Rate Box, which ships anywhere in the US, insured, for just $12.80.
Please note, the shipping rates quoted below are for USPS First Class. If you need faster service, convo me and I can ship by Priority Mail for a small additional fee [within the US, Priority shipping for this item would cost $4.90]. International buyers: convo me for a shipping quote if your country is not listed below, if you need Priority service, or if you want to buy multiple items.
Stored in my smoke-free, cat-friendly studio.
Returning to the subject of fair trade - in recent years, this term is often used by importers who don't actually know exactly where their products come from, nor whom they are made by. I work directly with the women's collective that makes my recycled sari silk yarn and ribbon; they are not just business partners, but friends. The income they have earned by supplying my Etsy shop has made a huge difference in their lives, and I sincerely thank everyone who has supported us. Etsy sales allowed me to arrange for medical care for a member of the women's collective who experienced a very difficult pregnancy - thanks to emergency surgery by an American doctor, all ended well and her son is now a healthy toddler. I met him a few months ago (promptly collapsing into tears) and seeing his smiling face erased all doubts I'd had about the wisdom of abandoning a reasonably lucrative career in the apparel industry for the meager profits of fair trade handicrafts.
A friendly reminder: all photos, logos, and item descriptions are copyright and may not be used or reproduced without permission. You're welcome to mention my shop and products to sell an item you've made using my ribbon or yarn, but it's not cool to copy-and-paste my photos and item descriptions to peddle malodorous non-fair trade products manufactured in sweatshops in India.