Vesica Piscis - ecoprint and plant dyed silk scarf
This botanically dyed silk scarf has been ecoprinted with garden leaves and flowers and brazilwood 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 silk shimmers like mother of pear with colours that catch your eye as you move.
Vesica piscis shapes run down the length of the scarf, highlighting exquisite botanical details within their eyes shaped windows. These 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.
The vesica piscis is a sacred geometric shape which is created when the edges of two circles intersect through their centres. The name vesica piscis literally means a bladder (vessel) of a fish, and is a symbol which has been with humanity for millennia, connected to sacred openings, portals, women's bodies, eyes and vision. It is one of my most beloved shapes and I use clamped wooden vesica piscis shapes as a resist when I dye my cloth - this technique is called itajime, or clamped block resist.
Made of light to medium weight silk habotai, this scarf has a soft hand and lustre. This is a nice size for keeping in a pocket or purse. It can be worn looped, knotted or draped - silk offers warmth in winter and coolness in the summer.
Size: 60 inches in length and 11 inches wide
Fibre: 100% silk habotai
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.