Smokebush and Indigo - small ecoprint silk scarf
This small crepe de chine silk scarf has been ecoprinted with smokebush leaves and dyed with black walnut, cochineal and indigo. Colours in this scarf are rich shades of turquoise blue, dark purple, greens, fuschia, and golds with a dark mysterious overlap of binding patterns and leaves at one end.
Crepe de chine has a softly textured surface which gently catches the light. There is a substantial weight to this silk but it drapes gracefully and luxuriously. The lustre of this silk reminds me of the gentle glow of the wax bloom on grapes and plums. I enjoy the detail in the ecoprints on this fabric and the surprising variety in colour.
I used clamped wooden circular shapes as a resist when I dyed this cloth - this technique is called itajime, or clamped block resist. When the clamps are released after dyeing beautiful circles remain.
Size: 52 inches in length and 8 inches wide
Fibre: 100% crepe de chine silk
Hand rolled hem.
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.