Natural-fiber scarves:  ideal complement to women's sustainable fashions

Natural-fiber scarves: ideal complement to women's sustainable fashions

Posted by Rose on 9th Sep 2019

Just in time for autumn, I’ve added some delightful new scarves to the Sympatico collection.

Hemp/Tencel Scarf Collection

In a quest to recycle, upcycle and generally minimize Sympatico’s impact on the earth, I recently began experimenting with transforming our cutting room remnants into scarves. Made with the very same hemp and Tencel fabric used in the Sympatico collection, I create patterns using Shibori stitching techniques from Japan, a resist method that produces complex geometric arrangements. I then include the prepared scarves with dye lots of Sympatico clothing. After the fiber-reactive dye bath and laundering, I love that moment when the stitches are removed and the design reveals itself. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. 

The new Hemp/Tencel scarf collection is created using cutting room leftovers and Shibori dyeing techniques.

Kalamkari Scarf Collection

I’ve also added the Kalamkari Scarf collection. Hand painted with vegetable-based dyes by rural women in India, these scarves feature traditional designs from Bangalore that are hand-drawn using burnt tamarind sticks on the silk fabric that has been previously treated with milk. Employing precise brushwork, the artisans then paint the designs with botanical dyes using enormous precision. Traditional Kalamkari patterns and technique were once largely the province of male artisans. But my source employs women who demonstrate great skill in bringing the earthy tones of Kalamkari to life. The scarves make ideal accessories in the midst of autumn’s color palette.

Kalamkari scarf designs use vegetable-based dyes that are hand-applied to the silk.

The Jogja Scarf Collection

The Jogja Collection has been updated with some very autumn-friendly motifs. While the batik and ikat skills used to create many of these scarves are centuries old, on my last trip to Java I found some more modern designs, some of which are still available. The Jogja Collection derives its name from the nickname for the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta—the cultural hub of Java. It is home to advanced resist-dyeing techniques and decorative motifs that have been emulated the world over.

The Jogja Collection of handmade scarves run the gamut from traditional to modern motifs.

You can view the whole scarf collection here.

There’s also good stock in most shades and styles of Sympatico TopsPants and Skirts. I can also produce any out of stock items at no additional charge so long as I have the fabric in your desired shade. Call me during the day at 541-899-3988 to check fabric availability. Or drop me an email here anytime.