This hand dyed indigo blue silk wrap has inlaid strips of silk to create texture. Woven on a hand loom by fair trade weavers near the East Coast of India, the raised lines of silk create a linear design throughout the fabric . The weaver used tussah silk yarn which is created by the silk worm that feeds on wild mulberry leaves. The leaves have a higher content of tannin, resulting in a honey colored silk.
I dyed the fabric ombre style by dipping the fabric into the indigo bath three times, exposing different parts of the silk to the dye. The result is a variation on blue color throughout the wrap.
After dyeing the shawl was neutralized in a vinegar bath and washed three times. The vinegar strengthens the silk fibers and restores the sheen. The wrap is easy care, can be hand or machine washed on delicate cycle. Colorfast. Hang to dry, and iron if desired.
Lightweight, travel friendly, and great for proms and all seasons.
Dimensions: 76″ Long, 24″ Wide
100% Tussah Silk