Spring’s It Accessory You Can Feel Good About
There’s no accessory more versatile than a lightweight scarf, which is why we chose one for our spring Box of Style. The bright, screen-printed iteration we collaborated on with sustainable fashion label Symbology is so much more than a pretty add-on. Boasting a chic peacock-feather print and a gold-berry colorway that pays homage to Indian bridal saris, the creation of this warm-weather staple also empowered women artisans from start to finish. Read on to learn more about Symbology and the production process that raises up those living in poverty.
Founder Marissa Heyl was inspired to start Symbology while on a research trip to India to assess how fair trade empowers craftswomen. She met artisans in remote villages and sprawling slums, inspired by their resilience and incredible talent in a myriad of art forms. Watching Gita, a young mother of three, block-print a beautiful tablecloth, Marissa envisioned it as a dress. It was her aha moment—combining her lifelong passion for fashion design with women's rights.
The Zoe Report x Symbology scarf was handcrafted in the desert region of India, where bright sun and dry heat create the ideal conditions for printing. The peacock feather design symbolizes integrity and beauty, while the deep berry and gold hues emulate Indian bridal saris.
Ten women from the Indian village of Sanganer—a region where virtually all printing is done by men—were trained especially for this Box of Style. Armed with their new skill set, these women have far greater access to design opportunities and sustained income in the future.