By : Min Chen
Founded in 2018 by Swedish engineer-turned-entrepreneur Miyabi Holm, Bahini (Nepalese for little sister) is a fair-trade scarf brand that works to empower at-risk girls and women in Nepal. The unisex brand evokes minimalist Swedish design while paying homage to traditional Nepalese craftsmanship. Each scarf is dyed with eco-friendly dyes and handwoven from 100% natural bamboo linen.
All the scarves in the current collections share a classic, flowy design with tassels. The Nature Collection is made up of solid colors in flattering shades like blush and periwinkle, while the Stockholm Collection showcases a more muted palette and a woven, striped design. We especially love the vegan leather detail for the logo and how chic the scarf looks as a cover-up, but nothing beats the feeling of knowing that each piece played a small part in supporting a great cause.
The scarves are handmade by sex trafficking survivors and women from marginalized communities, who are trained, and provided with fair wages and a good work environment. Proceeds are donated to SHE=Precious, a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping girls leave the sex industry by providing them with scholarships and other educational opportunities. Prices start at around US$90 and shipping is available to 30 countries. –MC