As the temperature drops, a scarf, shawl, or wrap is the perfect addition to any winter outfit. They are simple and chic accessories that can be worn for many occasions; when you’re feeling the chill in the office, for an outdoor excursion at the weekend, over your dress at a wedding, or on a night out when you don’t want to squeeze a bulky jumper into your small evening bag. We at BIBICO love a good scarf, and this season we have introduced new collection of scarves called Jamawars.
A Jamawar is a delicate form of scarf, usually designed with floral motifs, requiring very intricate weaving. They tend to be colourful, with up to fifty colours worked into just one! The base of Jamawar is a fine wool which has a number of benefits, particularly for the winter, like it’s thermodynamic qualities. To find out more, read our recent post on the benefits of wool here. Sometimes, a little cotton would also be added to the base, and the elaborate patterns may be woven in silk or pashmina.
The Jamawar originated in the Kashmir Valley in India around 100 years ago, where highly skilled artisans continue to craft them by hand. One Jamawar would be worked on for months to years, with no more than an inch being added per day to a 48-inch width of material. This made them rare and highly valued pieces, popular amongst royalty. Today, this careful and calculated weaving continues, allowing these beautifully detailed, individual items to become symbols of timeless and treasured fashion. However, increasing demand has comprised the industry, and some have resorted to using cheap materials and machine-manufacturing. Few companies are dedicated to ensuring that the traditional and pure form of this art remains, and BIBICO is proud to be one of them.
So if you’re wondering what winter accessories to add to your wardrobe, or shopping for a great gift for someone special, consider a Jamawar.
Click here to shop our collection of 100% wool Jamawars.
We all know how tempting it is when the shops stack their shelves low and high with spooky sweets and terrifying treats, but it is possible to have a horrifying and healthy Halloween. The trick is to make a number of simple swaps that reduce saturated fat and sugar, but still allow you to satisfy your sweet-tooth. Easy alternatives include switching milk chocolate to dark, as it has less sugar, more fibre, and more iron! Try these bloody cups by the Elephantastic Vegan made simply of dark chocolate, frozen raspberries and rice syrup. You just heat and mash the raspberries, add in a squirt of rice syrup and then spoon it into muffin cases after spreading melted chocolate across the bottom and sides. They look great and taste even better!
Or, you could use cacao powder to achieve a chocolatey taste. These coconut and cacao ghosts by Feasting On Fruit look amazing and take less than 30 minutes to make! They're made with oat flour, dates, non-dairy milk (like almond or soy), cacao, baking powder and coconut milk powder for the frosting. A treat the whole family can enjoy, and one you can recreate for all the seasons - we're thinking snowmen for Christmas and bunnies for Easter.
Fruit is another great alternative that can satisfy your sweet cravings with their natural sugars. Two Healthy Kitchens have some ghoulish recipes like the apple mummies below, and mini Frankenstein heads made by peeling kiwis and adding pretzel sticks for the screw and chocolate chips or raisins for eyes. They're both quick, easy and cheap recipes, loved by kids and adults alike. The apple mummies are also great when sliced and spread with a nut butter for that divine sweet and salty combination!
Or how about this watermelon brain for a real show-stopping party piece? Let your friends and family get all Hannibal Lecter and devour chunks of the brain. And if it's adults only, you could always soak it in a spirit!
Finally, for those of you that go crazy for candy corn over this holiday, why not try these candy corn coloured popsicles by The Girl Inspired? They're made by scooping Greek yoghurt, 100% orange juice and 100% pineapple juice into popsicle moulds and leaving to freeze for a few hours. Chillingly simple yet devilishly delightful!
Have a happy and healthy Halloween!