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A wearable scarf which and an exclusive work of art in one. With this scarf you transform any outfit into something special. Combined with a simple dress you are immediately dressed chic. A scarf, suitable for any special occasion, even for your own wedding.
The silk of this scarf is hand-spun and hand-woven. Fine, ivory white threads are selected from wild silk (Tussar silk). The beautiful, exclusive embroidery is 100% handmade. Women in rural West Bengal in India embroider in the age-old tradition of so-called Kantha embroidery. They have specialized in Nakshi kantha, where the traditional basting stitch has been elevated to an art form. The embroidery designs are inspired by cultural and religious traditions and beliefs.
Hand weaving and hand embroidery is done without the use of electricity. Empty cocoons of hatched silkworms are used for the silk. The women embroider together, at their own pace at times that suit them. Making a Nakshi Kantha scarf can take about 2 months to half a year.
Under the auspices of 60-year-old Takdira Begum, a national winner of her kantha work, women embroider this beautiful fabric by hand.
The first step in this process is designing the pattern to be embroidered, which is then drawn on tracing paper. This is done by Takdira Begum herself, who also determines the color palette. Then the lines of the pattern are pierced by hand with a pin and the paper is laid over the silk fabric. A paste of chalk and turpentine is rubbed over the paper and seeps through the small holes on the fabric below.
Once the pattern lines have been applied to the silk fabric, it is ironed and distributed to the women who take it home to embroider. Once completed, the fabric is hand washed several times to remove any stains and the trace lines.