Shibori scarf giveaway

Woohoo – I’ve racked up 200 posts, so time for a giveaway, just in time for Christmas!

So here is one of my new elegant silk scarves, made of 5mm pongee silk, which is beautifully light – you can hardly feel it when you are wearing it.

shibori sill scarf

The scarf is hand-dyed using indigo, which produces a fabulous range of blues on silk. The pattern is produced using the shibori itajime technique – shibori is a sophisticated kind of tie-dye.

I dip the scarf several times in the indigo vat to build up the colour, leaving it to oxidise between dips. Indigo requires oxygen to turn blue – when I remove the scarf from the vat the colour is actually green, and as it is exposed to the air it turns blue before my eyes! Letting the scarf oxidise between dips also makes the indigo fast and less likely to run when washed.

Because all my scarves are dyed by hand, each one is unique – I couldn’t produce exact copies even if I wanted to! The variation results from slight differences in folding, clamping and binding, and in different temperatures, indigo concentrations and drying times.

I recommend that you wash the scarf separately in warm water with a little bit of shampoo added. Rinse in cool water, roll in a towel to remove excess water, and dry flat. Press with a warm iron.

The scarf measures approx 125cm x 35 cm.

If you’d like to win this scarf, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight GMT next Wednesday 21 November. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday 22 November.

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Flextiles uses shibori, ecoprinting and felting to create original, one-off upcycled pieces. Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.

18 thoughts on “Shibori scarf giveaway”

  1. Beautiful scarf and I love it. My favorite color is blue and this looks like my new favorite. Congratulations for the new milestone in blogging 🙂

  2. That’s beautiful! I’ve been really enjoying reading about shibori and thinking about trying it myself. Thanks for 200 interesting posts and congrats Kim!

  3. Thanks for such a generous give away! I love reading about your shibori experiments and seeing the beautiful colors you achieve. I always learn something when I read your posts. Thanks!

  4. Thank you for sharing your experiments and your adventures with textiles. I look forward to seeing more of your lovely work. Congratulations on 200 posts – well done!

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