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Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint

Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
Scarf handwoven silk in natural indigo blockprint
€90,00 Incl. tax
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Shiny scarf made of manually spun and woven silk, coloured with plant based dyes. Print design by a Dutch artist, transformed into a carved wooden printing block. Read more..

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This shiny silk scarf is the result of a collaboration between Via India and a Dutch artist and two social entrepreneurs in India. Pure handicraft from start to finish.

Combine natural tones

The soft, natural tones of the plant-based dyes give the scarf an understated, chic look. Combine the effortlessly with a denim jacket or a classy dress. The natural tones of Indigo and Madder look great on blue ivory white, grey, red, pink and purple.

The charm of imperfection

This scarf is 100% handmade. Irregular color transitions or small splashes are unavoidable. They are only visible from very close and on the the full scale add to the charm of the scarf.

Handwoven organic silk

The silk of the scarf originates from a special silk farm in Bihar, East India. The estate for the sericulture has been owned by Madhulika's family for generations. When her parents wanted to sell the land, Madhulika came up with a better plan: a place for sericulture, runned by the women of the village. And so it happened, but it was quite a challenge. In the patriarchal and strongly traditional community, it was very unusual for women to earn their own income outside their homes. But Madhulika persevered and now 60 women work in the sericulture, which happens to be completely animal frindly and environmentally friendly. All without pesticides.

Manual printing with vegetable paint

For about 20 years Meeta has been working with a community of block printers. In a village near Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, a large community of wood carvers, vegetable paint makers and printers who use wooden stamps to print cloth has lived and worked for many generations: the Chhippa community. Meeta runs a social enterprise that provides employment to this community. As with Madhulika's sericulture farm, profits flow back to the community. A large water reservoir was recently constructed to retain water.

Dutch design

The scarf was designed by Antoinette Leune, a visual artist from Oosterbeek. Antoinette mainly paints native flora. Her often enlarged details of flowers and plants are recognizable by their strong lines and striking use of color. The design of this scarf is based on the seed pods of Himalayan balsam.

The process: from raw material to scarf

Making this scarf has been a labour-intensive process.

Spinning and weaving silk

It all starts with the women who take care of the mulberry plants, the food for the silkworms. As soon as the caterpillars pupate, the cocoons are placed in a cold greenhouse near the window. The silk moths that crawl out of the cocoon are free to go. Silk is spun from the empty cocoons by the women. The silk then goes to hand weavers in West Bengal who weave the most beautiful soft silk fabric.

Printing and dyeing fabric

The silk fabric then goes to the Blockprint community in Rajasthan. A woodcarver makes two stamps of the design. One stamp for the lines (the outline), another for the surface (the filler). The block printer first prints the fabric with the lines. Then the fabric is dipped into its first dye bath. For the second round the printer prints the fabric with a second stamp (the filler) with which a clay paste is applied that prevents coloring of the second dye bath with indigo. Thus layers are created in the design which gives a rich depth.
The dyes used are among other things, oxidized iron (brown-black), Madder (red), Myrobalan (yellow) and Indigo.

Fabric
100 % Organic Silk
Wash
Hand wash cold with mild detergents (do not soak)
Dry
Line Dry in the shade
Length
200 cm
Width
55 cm
Fabric
100 % Organic Silk
Wash
Hand wash cold with mild detergents (do not soak)
Dry
Line Dry in the shade
Length
200 cm
Width
55 cm

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