Artisan Scarves by Lily Qian
“My dream is for the women in Bangladesh to build confidence and hope for their future”
– Lily Qian.
Others partners with over 700 producers in Bangladesh - men and women who show resilience and skill to provide for themselves and their families. Producers come from a variety of backgrounds, but are all recruited through The Salvation Army's local programs. This year, we're proud to launch a unique collection of scarves made by these artisans in Bangladesh, and designed by NY-based Fashion Illustrator and Designer Lily Qian.
Each scarf includes elements of hand-loom, hand-embroidery and/or hand-painting to create a unique fashion accessory that comes with a story of transformation. Every Others artisan is paid a fair wage for their work. This means that food is on the table, children are in school and people are able to plan for their future. This scarf collection will engage around 200 artisans in meaningful, dignified work.
The first two scarves of the collection - an exclusive hand-embroidered scarf and a hand-woven blanket scarf - are now available for purchase through Others USA. Click here to purchase - and stay tuned for more designs and information about availability in other sales countries soon!
“Now we have food for my children, I can buy medicine for my mother and I am happy and thankful to you all who gave us this order. It really changed my life.”
- Tumpa, others production worker in jessore.
"I found my joy through this scarf."
- Supriti, Others production worker in jessore
Hamud is a sixth generation master weaver, carrying forward the traditional skills that he learned from his father. Hamud oversees our hand-loom unit, where he along with 4 other weavers looms the material for each of our scarves.
Monira started working with Others in 2008. Today she is the Production Manager for the artisan groups in and around the city of Jessore, Bangladesh, that are embroidering, painting and finishing the scarves in Lily Qian's collection.
Monira was also one of the very first female motorbike drivers in Jessore, Bangladesh.