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Unique range of fair trade fashion scarves for women including pashminas, wraps and stoles.

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There are many ways of incorporating a pattern with a scarf and here you will find a wide variety of fair trade women’s scarves made using various fabrics and techniques.

One way of applying the design to the finished fabric through printing This can either be by using state of the art digital printing technology, or by screen printing using traditional hand crafts thousands of years old. There are other ancient ways of printing such as block printing, but these are suited best to small scale production.

Digitally printed scarves are relatively new to the market and this technology has opened up a wealth of possibilities. Some of the advantages of this type of printing are that there are no set up costs, as there are with screen printing. Secondly the minimum order for each design is relatively low. We offer a bespoke scarves service with a minimum order of only 25 pieces per design.

Other patterns and designs are actually an integral part of the fabric created by the weave. This can be seen in our Tartan scarves and pashmina where there are lines of colour running through the warp, or length of the scarf and these are interwoven with lines of colour running across the weft, or the width of the scarf. This technique produces a classic checked design.

For a striped design there will be bands of colour running through the warp, or length of the scarf. The stripes might be only a few threads wide or in larger blocks. The colour running across the weft will usually be a single colour throughout the scarf. The weft colour will usually be the same as one of the warp colours.

There are many other woven designs all of which are achieved by the way the warp and the weft thread are interlocked. A few well known styles are Hounds Tooth, Herringbone, Twill and Diamond Twill.

For patterned scarves we also have on offer Ikat scarves. This ancient tribal technique of incorporating a pattern into the fabric is very simple but also time consuming. The pattern is achieved by a technique called resist dying. A bundle of yarns will have a tight binding wrapped around them for a few inches with the next few inches unbound with this pattern of bound and unbound repeated. When the bundle of yarn is soaked in dye the bound areas will resist the dye and remain undyed. Each bundle of yarn will represent an inch or two of the scarf and the numerous bundles which will make up the scarf are arranged on the loom carefully to provide the finished pattern.

Lastly we can add some colour and design to our scarves by simply dying, as in our plain pashminas, or by dip dying as in our range of two tone Thai Silk scarves. There are of course other means of applying dye such as tie dying. The ultimate aim of York Scarves to provide great quality fair trade fashion scarves, pashmina's, neck scarves and shawls at realistic prices. 

For those that are interested we can also get bespoke scarves made using any of the above techniques. The minimum order quantity for digital printing is only 25 pieces per design whilst for other techniques it varies from 100 to 300 pieces. If you are a retailer who wants to sell fair trade scarves, then simply fill in the wholesale enquiry form below and we will get back to you.

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