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Silk is such a magical fabric – it is so lovely to drape – takes on natural dyes and mineral dyes like a dream – and can’t help but fall the right way when worn on the body. Here are some images of a few lengths of organza that can be worn as shoulder wraps, swirled around your neck, or slung low over your hips. Some have patterns that have been created by taking away some of the natural seracin silk, then dyeing them in mineral vats. When the silk worms form their cocoons, the resulting fabric that is made contains seracin that gives the silk organza it’s natural crispness. So, by removing the seracin in certain parts by the shibori resist method – makes some parts of the silk softer and leaves the unresisted parts with the original crispness of the organza… adding texture and interest. Each piece has a hand embroidered silk loop closure with a vintage button and glass bead embellishment that allows you to wear it in several different ways.

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indigo, mineral vat & found object print (& my dog biscuit)

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hand embroidered silk loop with glass beads – vintage button.

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the lighter pattern is soft like butter… the darker pattern retains the crispness of classic organza.

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lighter portions soft as air – darker gray crisp – this wrap has visual and actual texture

I leave you with a quote …from 1916. Luckily there are now lots of modern makers that are making natural dyeing part of their practice.

William Morris says “all degradation of art veils itself in the semblance of an intellectual advance.” and nothing is truer than this with regard to the art of dyeing. As a tradition it is practically dead in Britain, and is threatened with gradual extinction all over the world. It will not recover itself as an art till individual artists set themselves to make beautiful colours again, and ignore the colour made for them by commerce and the chemists.

(Ethel M. Mairet, A Book on Vegetable Dyes, 1916)

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