About us

Behind the scenes of the soft scarves of The Happy Scarf

loom with weaver

We are Harco and Benny.
In 2017 we sold our Bed & Breakfast in Spain and we moved to South East Asia.
We now live in Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand.

August 2018, during one of our tours through Thailand, arose The Happy Scarf.

It started in a village in Suphanburi

our first introduction to the scarves
Our first introduction to the scarves

We were in the Dan Chang District in Suphanburi and with friends we visited a small village where  scarves were woven by hand.
The shack where the entire community’s stock was kept served as a showroom and point of sale.
One of the weavers proudly showed us her work and that of her colleagues.

She told us:

  • That everything is made without  machines
  • It is a natural process from start to finish
  • The two to three days takes a scarf to finish
  • Colorants from nature are used
  • Poor farmers try to earn extra in this way

Our first purchase

It looked good, no two scarves were the same.
Of course we wanted to support this hospitable, poor community.
A charity that we could give gift to our friends and to wear.
So win-win.
Why not start selling these beautiful scarves in the Netherlands and Belgium?
The idea was born.

the scarves are purchased one by one from the weaver
Shoes off and cross-legged shopping for scarves

We bought twenty scarves and took them to Europe.
The response from friends and family was enthusiastic.
How they were made and help to the poor farmers appealed to everyone.

Visit and buy all over the country

A lot has happened since our visit to this village.
We crossed Thailand, spoke to weavers, inspected and bought scarves.
We know much more about dyeing and weaving the yarn.
We have already sold many scarves to enthusiastic customers at markets in the Randstad and via this site.

And we continue to buy scarves from the weavers.
We regularly travel to the Netherlands to visit event markets in the suburbs.
In the meantime, our scarves can be ordered online.

Cotton, just harvested

In the webshop

The scarves on this website are already in the Netherlands.
After ordering, it takes 1 or 2 days for the scarf to reach your mailbox.
And if you don’t like the scarf, you can return it to our postal address in the Netherlands.
We will then refund the purchase amount.

But beware!

Once unpacked, you don’t want to say goodbye to this unique piece of handicraft.

You have been warned!

dyed cotton
Het garen hangt na het verven te drogen

3 thoughts on “About us”

  1. Liebes The Happy Scarf Team,

    zunächst congrats, ich bin von eurer Idee beeindruckt und die Schals sind wirklich wie ein Stück Glück und Gemütlichkeit!
    Ich würde mich interessieren, ob Sie auch Baumwollgarne verkaufen und gerne bestellen. Ich freue mich über mehr Info – eventuell Farben, Preise und auch auf eine zukünftige Bestellung!

    Herzliche Grüße,

    1. Liebe Daniela,

      vielen Dank für Ihre begeisterte Reaktion auf unser Projekt.

      In Thailand ist Baumwolle ein knappes Gut und wir wissen, wie besonders es ist, dass wir Schals und Tücher aus Baumwolle anbieten können.

      Angesichts der begrenzten Verfügbarkeit können wir kein zusätzliches Garn exportieren. Das gesamte verfügbare Garn wird sofort zu Stoffen verwebt.

      Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

      Benny und Harco

  2. Daniela Vassileva-Vladkova

    Eh, schade! Benny und Harco, vielen Dank für die Antwort, viel Glück und schöne Grüße!

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