Naturally dyed in a bath of silver dollar leaves and then eco-printed with eucalyptus & oak leaves, this scarf has a brush-stroke-like print in contrasting burnished orange and deep purple tones.
Light enough for summer, the gauzy weave of this scarf means that it is luxuriously soft and the natural insulation properties of the silk and wool blend makes it warm enough to wear all year round.
I have done my best to show the colours of each piece accurately. However, due to your monitor/screen settings and my (limited) photographic ability colours may vary slightly in person. The first image shows the colours most accurately.
58cm x 180cm (approx.)
Climate Change Scarves
Monsoon flooding in North India took a toll on small businesses reliant on weaving these silk and wool scarves. The majority of the pieces they had in stock were damaged and unsuitable for sale... That's where my supplier stepped in and bought their damaged stock, helping the small businesses (and community) reliant on their weaving to rebuild!
I've bought some of these scarves to mend, print and sell to you. I've carefully hand-patched holes (where necessary) and eco-printed each scarf using foliage from mine and my friends' gardens... adding character to continue the story of these beautiful pieces.
Eco-printing is a method of transferring the natural shape, patterns and pigments of leaves onto fabrics using natural mordants and assists. It relies on the alchemy of nature rather than chemical inks. I gather the leaves from my own garden and local area before thoughtfully and carefully placing them onto fabric to create unique prints. Each piece of fabric I create is as unique as the plants I gather the leaves from - no two pieces are exactly the same.
Luxuriously smooth and naturally hypoallergenic, silk is gentle to wear. A natural insulator, silk helps to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Silk requires less processing to print and dye than plant-based fibres so uses less water and generates less waste than other fibres. It is also pesticide free and completely biodegradable.
Each piece I make is designed, naturally dyed (and/or printed) and made from ethically sourced fabrics, in Wairarapa, NZ. I use fabric off-cuts to make smaller items or for packaging, where possible.
Each piece I make is carefully wrapped and sent in a biodegradable post bag.