Madder Root creates the burnt orange color on this silk wool scarf. I soaked the madder root for three days in the sun to create the dye. The handwoven scarf was immersed in the dye pot and sat for another three days in the hot sun.
The variations in the orange color are beautiful. Just like an antique oriental carpet, the weaver may use wool from one animal or the other. Each animal’s wool takes the dye differently and you get subtle gradations in color called “Abrash”.
The weavers used a very high twist silk in the warp, and a fine soft merino wool in the weft. The result is a very soft crinkle scarf with a great drape. It is the high twisted silk that creates the crinkle.
The fair trade weavers I work with are from a village near the east coast of India. I design the fabric for the scarf and they weave it with un-dyed natural fibers for me. It is like a blank canvas when it arrives, yet it carries the personality of each weaver. That is what I love about hand woven fabrics–you feel the connection with the person who made it.
This burnt orange is going to be popular in 2017-18. I visit www.peclersparis.com very often to check out the future trends, color palettes and styles.
Care: Wash it in a gentle cycle or hand wash in cool water. Hang to dry. If you want to iron it for a smoother look, use a silk setting. The scarf will also be longer if it is ironed.
Dimensions: 66″ Long without the Fringe, 70″ total length 20″ Wide
70% High Twist Silk, 30% fine Merino Wool