Saturday, 19 April 2014

Handwoven recycled sari silk scarves

A year ago whilst on a trip through the Himalayas I purchased some recycled sari silk yarn in Nepal.  This is the individual threads from off-cuts from sari making which are re-spun together resulting in a thick, but colourful, yarn.
I have now woven two scarves from two different batches of the yarn.  In the first scarf I used some left-over crinkly silk which had been hand-dyed in a gold colour as the warp.  Due to the limited amount of yarn for the warp the finished scarf is 1470mm x 180mm and weighs 170g.  Maybe the gold coloured crinkly silk dominates but the colours of the recycled silk still come through.

For the second scarf I used an hand-dyed violet coloured silk as the warp and the finished scarf is 1830mm x 195mm and weighs 343g.

The thicker silk yarns are not as soft and lightweight as you would expect from silk, but results in two very unusual and colourful scarves.  Both will be on my stall at Perth Upmarket at UWA on Sunday 29 June.

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