Creative Process ~ Cholla Silk Scarf
The Cholla Silk Scarf is the third release from the Sonoran collection, hand-rolled and 100% silk. It's named after the cholla cactus, a flowering cacti found in the southwestern United States.
At 90 x 90 cm, the Cholla Silk Scarf is large, making it flexible for many styling options. It can be worn as a top, a headscarf, a shawl, as well as (of course) a scarf.
We partnered with collaborating artist MET to create the digital artwork to be printed on our scarf. The process of creating digital art is intimidating in its endless options - we reviewed over 50 variations of the artwork before arriving at our final pick.
Named Bouquet, MET's artwork reflects the vibrancy of the (sometimes artificially introduced) flowers in the southwest. Against the barren sage, browns, and rusts of the area, the soft colourful petals of flowers take on a new vibrancy as compared to their natural habitat.
To create the scarf, we enlisted the help of Adamley, a heritage silk printer based in the countryside of Macclesfield, England. Macclesfield is known for its craft of hand-printed silk, and Adamley has been printing with these traditional techniques for over 50 years.
After being cut and printed in England, the hems were then rolled by hand in France.
Adamley is a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified company. All water used in their printing processes is sourced from their own reservoir.
We only print on deadstock silk, meaning it is surplus silk. This is a waste-reduction solution as we are helping to consume leftover rolls of the fabric rather than letting the remnants go unused and ordering more virgin materials.
Silk is a natural fabric and biodegradable, though it is worth noting traditional silk production kills silkworms in the process.
You can purchase the small-batch Cholla Silk Scarf here.
The corresponding fine art prints for this item, Bouquet, in A2 and A4 sizes is also for sale via The Gallery.