One of my favorite looks at Beleza in Cameron Village is the Flying Scarfs collection. These scarves are downright luxurious, and can be worn to dress up any casual outfit.
These wool/pashmina scarves are hand-embellished and embroidered by women in Afghanistan from Parwan Providence. Nearly 400 women from Chaharikar and Bagram, some having suffered loss of a loved one in their war torn country, come together to create these pieces of wearable art. Each scarf represents days of work and provides the women's families with a sustainable income. Their product is made sellable by Flying Scarfs, a non-profit social business started by Air Force vets who witnessed these women's talents when serving in Afghanistan.
Started in 2011, Flying Scarfs wanted to help these women without just giving them charitable handouts; "in order to rebuild these communities in Afghanistan, we're going to have to empower people", said Captain Josh Carolina, co-founder. Josh's team partnered with these women and gave them access to capital in order to sell their product internationally. Their goal is to under-promise and over-deliver for these women through their business. Lately, this means trying to expand all over the US.
Overall, it is Flying Scarfs' goal to give all of the artisans they work with sustainable empowerment through their creativity, and for them to "continue to help themselves".
Watch Josh Carolina and the Flying Scarfs' feature online at ABC News' Second Tour.