Hand Painted Scarves

Each of my scarves is unique, being hand painted using either batik or shibori techniques. I draw with hot wax on lightweight crêpe de chine scarves. The wax runs through a pen-like tool known as a tjanting. These fine lines set immediately. creating a resist for the paints. The paints are steam-fix, so the next part of the process involves several hours of steaming in a special container. All the wax is steamed out during this time, and the scarves become colourfast.

I use a method of pole winding and direct dyeing with the same paints, to create intricate patterns on Thai silk scarves. Thai silk is a raw, unprocessed yarn that has many irregularities giving it an organic, slubby look. It has a wonderful sheen and is as warm as crêpe de chine, yet cool in summer.

I do custom orders for these scarves, so if you don’t see the colours you are looking for in the shop, please contact me and I will paint in your chosen colours.

2 Responses

  1. Maureen Burgess

    Barbara
    I wish you well with the exhibition at Ness Gardens.
    Having lived on the Wirral for 2 of my 7 years back in the Chester/Cheshire area, I am very moved by your scarf entitled Estuary Light. It brought back memories of many walks I enjoyed on south Wirral.
    Maureen

    • Hi Maureen,
      Thank you for your lovely comments. Its actually not a scarf but a framed picture (see my blog) but I’m delighted you liked it – thank you.

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