So Just Shop brings you an exclusive collection of scarves, hand-loomed by Tibetan refugees living in Manali, India. Manali, situated in the Himalayas, where the sky touches mountain peaks, is one the first areas the refugees settled in after fleeing Tibet. Limited by lack of education and poverty, many of the women in this community formed a collective to make traditional hand-loomed scarves using skills passed down from mother to daughter over many generations.
This is a vital source of income for someone like Kusma. Joining the collective over 10 years ago, she receives a living wage, works in a beautiful clean factory with views of the mountains and has used the income to provide vital education, school uniform and books for her three children.