Hello Monday! Hope your weekend was awesome and you are as excited as I am for the start of a new week and for the new creatives and creative entrepreneurs joining us here on Collectivitea! I am starting off today with Mayil Handmade Scarves here on Collectivitea, and owner & designer Madavi Oliver tells you the story of how Mayil (the word means peacock in the Indian Tamil language) came to be. Expect bursts of colors that are perfect for every season + they also offer jewelry that is a great fit for the boho goddess inside all of us!
“I grew up surrounded by the colors, fabrics and traditions of India. I travel to India, to handpick gorgeous fabrics to design Mayil scarves They are few of a kind, designed by me and with some finishing touches done by women from my rural village. I come from a family of weavers. My cousin Shanthi still weaves exquisite silk sarees – one at a time. My great-grandfather owned a silk saree shop (called a javuli kadai) in Nagercoil (southern India) I love the feel of fabric and it flows in me. Recently I decided to take the plunge and said “Goodbye Engineering – Hello Scarves”! Mayil means peacock in Tamil (spoken in southern India, one of the oldest surviving classical languages). Like the feathers of the peacock, Mayil scarves are a kaleidoscope of colors. 18th century tailors were known to use the peacock feather as a symbol for their fine fabric creations. Add a splash of color, peacock style – be it the jewel tones of ruby-red, emerald-green and sapphire blue; the spice colors of turmeric, saffron, cinnamon and clove; the soft shades of jasmine and rose; or the metallic zari and shimmering sequins.”- Madavi Oliver
There are tons of chiffon, cotton and sequined Phulkari scarves and prices range from US $ 15- 50, with many of them currently on sale!
Mayil also offers jewelry that will fit with all kinds of casual wear. These fabric chokers with old Indian coins were a huge hit when we shared them on Instagram!
Have a wonderful week! Before I go, I want to share an update with you- you may know that the number of stores at Collectivitea is increasing every week (we even have a tea atelier joining us soon!). I want to thank all of you for showing your support for us- by reading, by shopping, by referring us to your friends, by sharing on social media- you are helping in so many ways! We are a small, indie team and we, and our awesome sellers, couldn’t do this without you! You totally rock! There are many internet platforms available for creatives and creative entrepreneurs to offer their products but I think we are unique in that we are here because of all of your support over the years! Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel! ❤️
All images credit/ courtesy of Madavi Oliver.