Nautilus - ecoprint and botanical dyed silk scarf
Sometimes they feel like paintings.
This medium sized botanically dyed silk scarf has been lightly ecoprinted with leaves, flowers and madder root in a cutch dyebath, and then finished in an indigo vat . There is a rich interplay of cool indigo blues and greens with the warm spice browns of cutch . The play of light on this flat crepe silk shimmers like mother of pear with colours that catch your eye as you move.
Rows of contrasting little window shapes run down the length of the scarf, interacting with exquisite botanical details in their geometric shapes. These rectangular 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.
When silk captures the colours of nature something magical happens.
This silk scarf has been hand dyed with cutch, madder and indigo and ecoprinted with botanicals from the Kootenays in BC where I live.
This is a medium but very 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: 68 inches long by 14 inches wide
Fibre content: 100% flat crepe 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.