Saint Virginia started with a cancer story. When I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer seven years ago, my youngest daughter was only ten months old. It had a tragic start, but then a gift transpired, as sometimes happens with tragedies.
In recovering from major illness, I began to look more closely at the world around me, what might have contributed to some part of my disease, my diet, my clothing, my makeup. It seemed everything could potentially be dangerous, and it was overwhelming. But then I began to see life and healing everywhere, too, especially in nature, and in God's abundance. I knew that healing would begin with me, and God, a little magical thinking, and some good ole handiwork.
I've made scarves for others and worn them for as long as I can remember. Scarves are inherently healing; their ability to wrap, cover, protect, like an armor, a blanket, or a hug. I'm unconvinced there is anything more healing or comforting than an incredibly soft scarf, made from cotton grown organically from God's great earth, dyed with natural life-imbued color, and sewn lovingly with great care.
Cotton has its own story: planting, tending, growing, picking, cleaning, ginning, spinning, dyeing, making, wearing, not to mention its tumultuous past. So do the plants, flowers, and other natural colors that find their way into my fibers. This is why you'll see a date stamp on the hand-printed tags that are sewn onto all my scarves. There is a season behind your scarf, just like in all things.
Beyond scarves, I use carefully curated reclaimed cotton and natural dyes to create bespoke, heirloom linens, giving new life to cast-off fibers that may have eventually found their way into a trash heap somewhere, wasted. Cotton and silk remnants make their way into beautiful, useful tea towels and ribbons. My prayer is that these become a part of a treasured celebration or something of value within the day-to-day chores of life.
"Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." -- John 6:12
Saint Virginia uses cotton grown organically in the U.S.A. to support organic cotton farmers, encourage sustainable farming practices, and to improve the health of the soil and water in our neighborhoods and communities, which in the end improves the health of every life.
We all can use a little (or a lot!) of healing and comfort -- sick, healthy, or somewhere in between. Saint Virginia donates 5% of the purchase price of every item to Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered to benefit women and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers.
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