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krama wheel blog — eco fashion

krama wheel turns one

anniversary eco fashion giving scarves sustainability uniforms

  After countless months of ideas swirling, notes scribbled, research conducted, sleep lost, oceans crossed, scarves designed, and website built, one year ago today the virtual doors to the krama wheel scarf shop opened for business and I could not be more blown away by how much love it has since received. On Day One I already saw the krama wheel site being passed around social media among total strangers. It is heartwarming to see our story shared and I feel honored to have such a growing, compassionate group of supporters joining the krama wheel family each day. Three years...

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krama vs. karma

eco fashion scarves sustainability wander well

One of the most fun questions for us to answer is "Why did you misspell karma?"  The core of what we do lives in our name, so it's a pleasure to have the conversation about the wordplay behind it. Krama means scarf in Khmer, the language of Cambodia, and scarves are day-to-day staples in the Cambodian countryside. Ironically, warmth is the last thing the scarves are intended to provide. As a country whose high temperature rarely falls below 80°, in Cambodia the cotton gingham styles are mostly used as head wraps to shield from the intense heat.   {Speaking of "gingham style" and wordplay, have you seen...

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story of a seamstress

eco fashion giving mother's day seamstresses sustainability uniforms updates from Cambodia

Mothers are on our mind this week so we're highlighting one of the many strong and inspiring women and mothers who make our cycle of positive change possible. Meet Noeun Chork Noeun is one of the seamstresses who not only hand-sews the school uniforms we donate, but she also goes to the schools to take the measurements of the children to ensure each of their uniforms is a good fit. Her family is among the poorest in her village outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia.  When her husband passed away, she was left with 4 children to take care of on...

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the women behind our wheel

eco fashion scarves sustainability updates from Cambodia weavers

Today is International Women's Day so we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the women at the core of our work: the weavers. Most of our weavers are older women who work on personal looms under their homes (houses in the Cambodian countryside are built on stilts to protect families from the annual floods).  Stroke by stroke they weave with their hands while masterfully working foot pedals to guide the process along. It's truly mesmerizing watching them go, and the end results are of course stunning.   Just as quality scarves are of utmost importance to our cause, so...

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