Moon River - Ecoprint and plant dyed silk scarf
Like moons reflecting on leaves floating along flowing water.
Eco printed with black walnut leaves from a tree on the shore of Slocan Lake, tickseed flowers and cotinus (smokebush) leaves from my garden. The pink/mauve comes from cochineal and lac, natural dyes from insects who have a special relationship with the cactus and tree (respectively) that they grow on. Finally the blues, greens, golds and purples were created with indigo and a shibori technique called itajime.
Rows of contrasting moon shapes run down the edges of this scarf, interacting with exquisite botanical details in their round shapes and capturing the mauve/pink in the previous dye bath. These circular moon shapes are made using clamped blocks to resist the dye - this technique is called itajime, or clamped block resist - when the clamps are released after dyeing, beautiful shapes remain.
This is a medium to lightweight silk scarf with a soft drape. It can be worn looped, knotted or draped.. Wear this large sized scarf in a variety of ways - silk offers warmth in winter and coolness in the summer.
Measurements: 70 inches long by 14inches wide
Fibre content: 100% medium weight habotai silk
Stitching: Hand hemmed by the artist using 100% silk thread
Care instructions: Wash by hand in cool or warm water using a mild soap or a small bit of mild shampoo. Hang to dry, and iron if you wish.