Welcome back to the series “International Boho-Chic Designers”. I meet so many fashion designers and artists on my travels and as a shopoholic, I love having unique items from abroad. I want to share them with you! The designers featured here are those I really shop from and adore.
I’ve seen the FARA booth at the Saturday night market in Arpora for the last two years, just near the Thai place. I always peaked inside and looked at all the silky tie-dye and gorgeous raw silk dresses. They were over my price range last year, but this year I’m hoping to save up a bit a finally buy something from the team at Fara. Their clothes are some of my absolute favorites at the market and they have a new shop in Arambol. To celebrate their Indian silk scarf range they are giving one away to one of you readers!
Stall at Saturday Arpora Market
Giveaway: The scarves they make are hand-drawn by them and represent different areas of India. They are giving away Goa which is just a perfect match for Hippie in Heels. Scroll to bottom to enter giveaway.
The chicks behind FARA Boutique
Fumie and Rachel are the girls behind the brand. Fumie originally from Japan, studied in London at the London College of Fashion and since has worked for Alexander McQueen and Stella Mcartney! Fumie is a talented pattern cutter seemstress and designer.
Rachel grew up in London and studied at Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. After graduating she worked as a fashion buyer for Urban Outiffitters for 5 years.
Both are mothers to little girls, living in Goa and also London, and spend everyday together on the beach or in their shop, designing and creating.
FARA, the Brand:
FARA stands for Fumie and Rachel’s adventures. They met and became friends through their love of travel. Fara is now in its 2nd season making simple yet design led clothes for women. Their clothes are easy to wear, yet elegant. They make these incredible hand-drawn (by them!) scarves that are so technical and sophisticated… but really fun and bold at the same time. I asked what FARA is as a brand:
“Designs inspired by our adventures and dreams of those still to come”
examples of the raw silk
the flowy tie-dye silk… I love this skirt!
FARA makes a range of dresses, tops, shorts, trousers, skirts, kaftans, kimonos, scarves, and cushion covers. Their clothes are made from either 100% raw silk which is hand woven in Varanasi, 100% silk Haboti, or silk chiffon. Their stuff is so unique especially because they show India through their clothing and both of them are travelers who have seen vast amounts of the subcontinent.
The scarves which they are famous for are hand drawn illustrations painted with traditional Japanese watercolour. The same illustrations on on the cushion covers. When you look at the detail up close it’s just amazing!
Their four hand-drawn and painted scarves in order clockwise: Varanasi, Rajasthan, Himalaya, Goa
“With Fara, I rediscovered and rekindled a passion for drawing and painting, and with my knowledge of Japanese watercolour painting knew that these silk scarves woudl capture the essence of the love of travel with the love of luxury.” Fumie, FARA
I just love the scarves they have now, but they have even more coming making the decision of which to purchase even harder. While the old scarves represent their favorite places in India: Varanasi, Goa, Himalayas, and Rajasthan, the new scarves are based on Hindu Gods combined with Fairy tales like Shiva and the Little Mermaid or Hanuman and The Jungle Book. I saw the samples and they are stunning and so imaginative. I am so excited they are giving a scarf away to a reader (and also a bit jealous of the winner already!).
The Rajasthan scarf shows colors of pink Jaipur, camels, daffodils, and gypsy jewelry. For Varanasi they depict the smoking grey for the ghats mixed with Sadhus, cows, monkeys, and spicy chai. They even add in the pooja flowers- it’s the detail in these scarves which make them a great souvenir (and since these are also my favorite places in India, makes it so difficult to choose one!). The Himalaya scarf tells the tale of mountain travel with Buddhist prayer wheels, thangkas, and stunning scenery and the Goa scarf (which you can win!) shows our beautiful home: lush green countryside, cows in the market, Enfield bikes, cashew flowers and more.
Himalaya scarf above & all four below
I asked why their brand is the perfect for travelers like you:
“We wanted to convey imagery that was deep and meaningful to our own experiences. We consider these silk scarves as pieces of art as well as accessories and our customers often find they have their own personal attachments and their own memories of these special places in India.” -Rachel, FARA
Where can you buy FARA?
If you’re in India you can see their stock in person at FARA Boutique in Arambol, Goa. Also at the Saturday market in Arpora, Goa and Second Floow Studios in New Delhi. If you’re not in India and want to buy something please do check out their Etsy shop.
If you want to see their amazing photography and gorgeous models pop up on your socia media, be sure to follow FARA on facebook and instagram. You can email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
*FARA “GOA” Silk Scarf giveaway!!!*
This is the scarf you can win!! How cute!? I want it.
As usual, I am running this giveaway through rafflecopter so the machine can choose the winner. All you have to do is follow the instructions below which include liking both the boutique and I on social media. You have 7 days to enter. This giveaway is open to people from all countries. You will win the “Goa” scarf which is a 7,900 rs value (something like 150 bucks). It’s my favorite of the whole collection. Good luck!
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Those tie-dye silk skirts are just fab! I want to have one and wear it immediately even though it looks like it gonna snow today in my place :D
P.S. Wanted to check their shop, but the link’s broken. It redirects back to your blog :)
thanks for letting me know, I’ve just fixed it!
think it’s lovely , very creative to the region mixing goa’s culture in the fashion ..
Wow, these scarves are gorgeous! I am somewhat obsessed with scarves and these are especially beautiful. I love the mint green color of the Goa scarf – it makes me think of spring and sunshine and growing things.
I love your passion for boho style! I love that first scarf!!
Their work is SO beautiful! What an amazing idea. Do they ever do workshops on their techniques or is it a secret? I really have to get to Goa before I leave India…
Such a cute scarf! I’ll definitely be checking out the Etsy shop.
so much cute clothing coming out of Goa!
Beautiful scarves! So cute.
Such incredibly beautiful garments. I WANT!!! And Alexander McQueen is one of my faves…. Ugh I need this!
Those are gorgeous! Really lovely! I was thrilled to read about what they take their inspiration from–the story and passion behind everything they do. I love hearing of the story behind the creativity.
Love this scarf! I would wear it! And I’m going to India this Monday!!
Gorgeous collection. Wanted to say a quick thank you – I had my first trip to India over New Years (mostly in Mumbai and then Sawantwadi) and attended a friends’ Indian wedding. It was wonderful and your blog really prepared me in the months (esp the packing list) leading up to the trip. One day we visited old Goa and Amboli beach – and as unlikely as it would be, I kept a sneaky eye peeled in case I saw you to say thanks! Fingers crossed for the scarf – it would be a lovely momento of my time. :-)
I wish we had crossed paths, would have been cool! thanks for reading :)
Just started reading and following and love it already! So ready to try more extended travels soon!!!
When I am in Goa I need to look them up. I told my husband that I wanted a scarf to remind me of my travels in India. I have been doing this for a while and I have lovely scarfs from around the world. I can’t wait to see these in person!
This beautiful ledies are amazing, I’m luky to know them in person and I’m totaly in love wih the scarfs and everything they make!!! well done! love
I LOVE these scarves! I”d wear any of them, they’re all gorgeous. I can’t believe all those details are handpainted!
Wow such a beautiful collation, Love it!!! :)
So ethereal and beachy and gorgeous… I can’t wait to visit the store in person! Hopefully Goa will happen soon. :)
I love it ! So unique and delicate designs! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
Beautiful! Makes me want to travel right now.
beautiful, eclectic collection!!
Congrats Rachel! You always finding amazing clothes and designers!
Loved the whole collection, difficult to choose a favorite one. And for sure that Goa scarf will look great on me :-)
Jokes a part, really liked the concept behind the clothes and how they make the ethnic looks so elegant and timeless.
Happy travels, xx
Their designs are sublime. Thank you for introducing this brand!
These designs are gorgeously fresh! Making me look forward to spring and summer already!!
The whole collection look fantastic!! and…on a side note..my beg got stolen a month ago, with my scarf inside. What a better occasion to get a new one!? ;-)
Oh wow! I am a huge scarf person (if that’s a thing!). I’m always wearing one and these are just absolutely beautiful. I also love the statement about them being inspired by their adventures and dreams of those still to come! Beautiful!
Wow, Rach! Beautiful beautiful scarves! This article made me want them all! Love following your blog. It’s pretty amazing to see how much you evolved since college. Keep up the up the travel passion. Maybe some day I’ll visit India! :)
Hi Tracey hahah I am not like I was in college anymore huh!? lol! true! Hope u win the scarf :)
Beautiful artwork and design! I love the story behind this collaboration also! And I can’t wait to check out the Etsy shop
Pining particularly badly for spring clothing today on this gloomy winter day in Cleveland, OH. I need some Fara creations in my life.
Absolutely beautiful designs. Love the scarves, such delicate style.
Loving your pictures, inspiring me to plan my visit next year!
Holy wow, everything they make is gorgeous! I’m bookmarking their Etsy shop for when I have some extra $$.
I thought I’d just scroll to the end and enter the comp but they really are beautiful, I had to stop scrolling and properly see each one!
Beautiful ! Art that makes you think !
So exited to be coming to Goa for the first time from the 22nd – If I win I can come and collect the scarf in person! :) Love reading all your amazing tips and cant wait to leave the grey skies behind! See you on the beach! Katie
These are so so beautiful! I’ve been searching for a handmade silk scarf for about a year now. Thank you so much for sharing!
Wow! I absolutely adore these designs! I’m still yet to visit Goa…maybe if I win the scarf I should take it as a sign to make it my next trip!
Love the delicate colours and designs
Wow 7900 is steep for a scarf!!
Hi Rachel, Was just talking about you at work and my colleague agreed you’re our favourite Travel Blogger. You have amazing pictures and tell a captivating story with every post. All the best – Alex
Wow you have No idea how much that made me smile! Thank you.