How many scarves do I need? I wondered that too. I love scarves and wear one everyday. I wear scarves when I go to work, at home, and when I go out! A scarf has become an accessory for every outfit. While in Japan I dyed seven scarves. I made one for everyday of the week, almost. A scarf has become an item of clothing for most women and men today. I feel undressed without wearing one. Enjoy my scarves with me...!
There are eight scarves in the above photo. The red shibori scarf I made using two lengths of a metre long kimono fabric I found at Asakusa market when we visited the Amuse (boro) museum. The green and red one on the left is the most beautiful chiffon silk. I dyed it using yellow dye from Gardiner pods and red from Maddar root over dyed with indigo.
This red shibori was from vintage fabric joined in the middle to make it long enough to become a full length scarf. Most of my scarves are blue (surprise, surprise!) so when I found the red shibori pieces I had to have them!
One of the highlights during the tour for me was a visit to Noguchi-San indigo master's studio. I pre-stitched this piece of shibori hoping to dye it in the fermentation vat and I did. I dipped it so many times in order to get that dark indigo blue. Don't you just love how it looks?
Snow dyed effects. We all dyed this scarf almost at the end of the tour. It was easy, but effective. I love the feel of this silk. Not sure what kind of silk it was. All silk keeps you very warm even though it is thin material.
Moon scarf. I dyed a lot of moon pieces on the tour. I also wanted a blue scarf so when I was planning to dye this cotton scarf I decided to add a few moons at one end.
A loose cotton scarf. This is my most favourite of the seven scarves I did. I made a shibori stitch using simple line of stitching in a zig zag pattern. I dipped half of it seven times and three times on the other half. The results is light and dark diamonds alternatively. I have been wearing this scarf ever since I dyed it.
This is the last scarf I did on the tour. It took the whole evening to stitch it. I cheated by folding it in half and stitching it. I tied both ends in the same pattern. It's my second favourite scarf from the tour.
I hope you enjoyed my collection of indigo dyed scarves. It's coming to winter here in Australia so these scarves are handy to have. Well, how many scarves do you need?
PS: DS's Bike Babies blog. They have taken their babies to Malaysia a few days ago. If you want to know where they are please visit their blog...
Till next time