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Grapes Are Ready! Silk satin scarf, hand painted, hand dyed, grape design in purple, cordovan and various shades of green.

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Grapes Are Ready! Silk satin scarf, hand painted, hand dyed, grape design in purple, cordovan and various shades of green.
Like all my scarves, this began as a piece of white 100 percent silk with hand-rolled, hand-sewn hems. I stretched the silk on a wooden frame and used brushes to apply high-quality dyes imported from France made especially for silk. Grape bunches were the inspiration for this design. I used gutta as a resist to keep the dyes from going where I didn?t want them to flow. For the green background I blended several shades, allowing them to flow together and mix. I added texture and depth using a special technique.Finally, I steamed the scarf in a professional steamer to set the dyes, making them colorfast. These dyes create vibrant colors on silk that with proper care will never fade.
Posted on 13 June 2014 Full Size|