I've long been a fan of scarves, especially scarves which dress up an otherwise wanting outfit. As winter turned to spring here in Paris, I noticed my wooly wonder, who had happily snuggly brought me through the winter was sweating up my spring frolics. As I retired it from the roster for the coming warmer months, I realised the uniforms I had been proudly porting throughout the winter months, no longer had the same sentiment they once held. They were missing something.
In Paris, where scarves are a must have and people look at you like you're mental if you haven't got one on, I suddenly felt a bit naked. It was around this time that I got an email from Akira London sister brand of Siyana London offering me exactly what I was missing. That elusive spring scarf.
My friend, photographer Monique Pantel happened to come into town the same week I started wearing it, so I kept my usual uniforms for our wanders and replaced my winter warmer with the sweet spring scarf and somewhat self consciously got her to snap me as we went about our days (normally I only do outfit posts on my rooftop where no prying eyes can reach!). For three days straight the scarf was worn, and for three days straight I felt my so called 'look' was complete.
The timeliness of it continued as Fashion Revolution Week crept up. The whole premise of Fashion Revolution Weekis asking companies 'who made my clothes' and as a prerequisite to accepting this gift, I already had the answer.
The company I was sent the scarf from is called Siyana London who employs weavers from the Little Flower Khadi Village Leprosy Rehabilitation centre. The centre is located on the border between India and Nepal in Raxaul, Bihar and provides men and women who would otherwise find it difficult to find work because of their association with leprosy with vital employment.
The scarf I chose was made with organic cotton and created with block printing with wood or metal blocks to create the pattern. The artisan carves the design on the block by hand and dips it into the desired colour, which is later imprinted on the fabric.
I believe the whole collection of beautiful spring and summer scarves are now on sale, so if you need one to replace your colder cuddler, be sure to click through and have a look through their website: http://www.akiralondon.com/
Here's how I'll wear it this spring, and I suppose how I wore it all winter too with a slightly different scarf ;)