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French barrettes with Peace Silk bow
French barrettes with Peace Silk bow

Our new hair bows look like candy, don’t you think? The bows are made from organic Peace Silk which is silk made without killing the silk worms. We use raw silk, which has a somewhat coarser texture and a more discreet luster compared to silk satin, and the bows come in 3 neutral colors that go with everything. Perfect for those days when a scrunchie might be too casual, but you still want your hair up without too much work.

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Meas Family Homestay, Cambodia
Meas Family Homestay in Takeo, Cambodia

Meas Family Homestay is located in the outskirts of the small village Prey Tiet in Cambodia. It is Cambodia’s first homestay, and since 1999 they have been welcoming friends and guests curious to experience Cambodian village life. The homestay is run by Linda Meas, who is also one of the founders of Weavers Project, which is part of the social enterprise Sonas World.

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Curved sleep mask, Peace Silk, Fair Fashionista
Curved sleep mask, Peace Silk, Fair Fashionista

If you travel a lot, or you just need to sleep during daytime, you know that a good sleep mask is priceless. I have tried so many sleep masks through the years, but I have never managed to find one that ticked all the boxes. So I decided to make my own, and together with the women at CWSG we started working on the best sleep mask ever.

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Peace Silk/Ahimsa Silk

Silk is such a beautiful and versatile material, and I knew from the beginning, that I wanted to sell silk products in my shop, but when I was looking for suppliers, I was shocked to find out how silk is typically made. Did you know that the traditional way to produce silk is to boil the cocoons with the silkworms inside? Many hundreds of silkworms are boiled alive, just to make one scarf. That seemed unnecessary to me, so I started looking for alternative ways of making silk, and I found out about peace silk/ahimsa silk.

Peace silk is made without harming the silkworms, which are allowed to hatch and become butterflies. It takes longer time and it is a more expensive process, but no butterflies die in the process which is why peace silk is also called non-violent silk.

I source the silk for my products from Cocccon, which is a German Indian venture. All the silk is certified organic, and instead of chemicals and pesticides they have developed a mix of traditional medical herbs to fight harmful insects and fungus. The silkworms feed on mulberry leaves, so in order to keep the worms safe from outside enemies, the mulberry trees are covered with big nets.

The silk production takes place in Jharkand, which is a region in the northeastern part of India. By providing the local population with employment in safe, clean surroundings at a fair salary, Coccon helps to fuel much-needed economic growth in the region.  

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Kanary's Homestay in Phnom Penh
Kanary's Homestay in Phnom Penh

If you want an authentic, very local experience in Phnom Penh, you should try a homestay with Kanary from CWSG and her sweet family. I think Kanary’s homestay is in fact one of the only real homestays in Phnom Penh, because if you look online, most of the advertised homestays are more like guesthouses with many guest rooms and external staff to take care of the guests.

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