Where are the scarves made?
All scarves are made in Na Nong Bong, a small village in Loei Province of Northeast Thailand.
How are the scarves made?
The twenty-two weavers of the collective create scarves on wooden looms, many of which have been passed down generation to generation. The weavers grow organic cotton in their village and spin it into thread in their homes. Some scarves even use natural dyes that weavers made from plants in the area. For brighter colors, the weavers buy thread at a local store.
What is the production process?
Scarf production is entirely organized by the weaving group in the village. As a group, the weavers decide who will weave each pattern and how many each person will weave. They also decide how they will allocate funds amongst the group. We give scarf order details to the leader of the weaving group, who then works with individual weavers to fulfill it. The weavers are a key part of our organizational and decision making process.
What is your return policy?
If there is an issue with your scarf, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily exchange it for a new one. We cannot offer refunds at this time.
How did you meet the weavers?
The Radical Grandma Collective was founded by interns and students studying abroad with CIEE: Khon Kaen, a program that focuses on community rights in Northeast Thailand. The program has a long-standing relationship with Na Nong Bong and students have been visiting the village to learn about the effects of mining for almost ten years. The Radical Grandma Collective was started at the request of the weavers, who wanted access to an international market to sell their scarves.
How does The Radical Grandma Collective support community rights?
When you buy a scarf from The Radical Grandma Collective the money goes directly to weavers in Na Nong Bong. As a social business, any profits we make go back into growing the business and into the community. The weavers are community and environmental activists, so extra income means that they can spend less time working to support themselves financially and more time organizing to protect their community. The weavers choose to give a percentage of their earnings to People Who Love Their Hometown, the mining resistance group founded by villagers.