The faces behind Mayil scarves

Hi! I'm Madavi, the founder of Mayil Scarves. I grew up amidst the vibrant tapestry of India, surrounded by rich heritage, unique culture, and artistic landscapes. Hailing from a family of weavers, I inherited my admiration for woven art from my great grandfather, who owned a silk saree emporium (javuli kadai) in the southern Indian city of Nagercoil. My cousin Shanthi also once wove incredible silk sarees, one masterpiece at a time. And recently, I too took the plunge by bidding farewell to my engineering career to create Mayil Scarves.

Mayil Scarves are not just a testament to my love affair with textiles; the scarves embody a fusion of culture, craftsmanship, and Indian heritage. I begin the Mayil process by traveling to India to discover and handpick fine fabrics. Next, I create designs which are adorned with special finishing touches by talented women from my rural village, including Sudha.

Mayil translates to ‘peacock’ in Tamil (spoken in southern India, one of the oldest surviving classical languages). Like the mesmerizing feathers of the peacock, Mayil scarves bear a kaleidoscope of colors, prints and textures – jewel tones of ruby red, emerald green and sapphire blue; spice-infused hues of turmeric, saffron, cinnamon and clove; floral patterns of jasmine and rose; metallic zari and shimmering sequins.

I welcome you to the world of Mayil, where tradition meets contemporary allure, and every scarf tells a tale as unique as its wearer!