Why cotton scarves deserve your attention

Qinnie, Director of Oz Fair Trade

Qinnie, Director of Oz Fair Trade

I’m a big fan of scarves. I admit it, I’m an addict. My collection is well over 100, comprising of delicate silk scarves, warm alpaca scarves and anything in between. However, I find myself again and again grabbing the cotton scarves at last minute before an outing, or just before going on an extended holiday. This hand woven cotton scarf of mine was a travel find from Yunnan, China many years ago. It has travelled with me all around Australia and to Southeast Asia, Tibet and Nepal; and I’m sure it will accompany me for many more trips to come.

Although I’m still deeply in love with my delicate silk scarves and super warm alpaca scarves, I find cotton scarves extremely convenient.

Easy to carry, soft to wear, fits in a handbag, machine washable, and after more than 10 years it is still as beautiful as when I found it in a little town called Lijiang. I was amazed at the hand weaving skills of the locals and felt instantly in love with the cotton scarves. I bought one, and I’ve searching all over the world to get hands on another.

So when I learned that one of my long term Fair Trade supplier in Laos made these scarves, I was very excited! When the box arrived in Australia, I eagerly opened it, and wrapped my face in those beautiful soft cotton scarves. I was delighted!

Of all of friends, none of them possess a hand woven cotton scarf. Perhaps it’s a fashion thing, or a status thing, that cotton scarves just aren’t seen as “cool” or “beautiful”. But they are!

They will only get softer as time passes, and they will be the most used scarves of all I promise you!

We currently have a small collection of organic hand woven cotton scarves made by Lao village women, so if you are interested please check them out here.


The Shop Fair Trade Workshop

Sally is a passionate Fair Trade advocate, and here’s her great blog about how everyone can support the Fair Trade movement!


Hi There and welcome to ‘The Shop Fair Trade Workshop on using Blogging and Social Media to Promote Fair Trade’. That’s a bit of a mouth full isn’t it!

In this workshop post I will be explaining a little more about;

– Who ‘Shop Fair Trade’ is.

– How you can also be a fair trade advocate using a blog or other forms of social media.

– Introduce you to another amazing fair trade blogger.

– Show you how to highlight products that you love and share information about fair trade to others in a creative way.

– And Finally Challenge you to upload your own posts or give you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

First lets start with this:


This photo came up in my newsfeed on Facebook recently and made me smile. If you haven’t tried all these programs or forms of social…

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Point of difference: one woman brand


One week after my previous post about putting my face forward to showcase products, I have delivered! The very amateur photo studio with a wrinkled backdrop sheet delivered relatively satisfactory results. There were lots of running from the front to the back of camera in my small living room, and there was certainly no room for a second person, but the end results justified all the efforts. At least for now, I’m quite happy with the photos 🙂 I hope my efforts will help you to make more informed purchase decisions.

I was thinking very hard about the point of difference that Oz Fair Trade can offer you as a customer. Yes we are a charity, but it is a charity that relies entirely on a sustainable business model. So I have to make it work commercially, and to do that, I have to be able to compete with other businesses, and I must think like a businesswoman. I can offer excellent products and great customer services, and you’ll only deal with one person if there’s any issue. If there’s any problem with delivery address, product availability, etc. I’ll contact you quickly and directly, and aim to fulfill your order asap! I want to make this work, so that I can support more fair trade producers and help push forward the fair trade movement!