DONNA MARCHETTI DESIGN

Hand-painted and hand-dyed scarves

STUDIO

Retro cool scarves inspired by the 50s and 60s and the process.

I've been working on this series of fun little square scarves inspired by the '50s and '60s. They're great for spring and summer when you want something lightweight. They can go casual with jeans or perk up a pretty dress. Here's how I make them.

I blended the colors to cover any white areas on the silk. 

The final step before steaming. I added the "holes" in the "doughnuts."

Ready to begin. White habotai silk squares, 22" x 22" stretched for dye application.

I continue to blend the colors a bit more.

The final product - steamed, washed, pressed and ready to wear.

The initial application of color. I use special silk dyes from France, considered by many to be the finest on the market and apply them with brushes.

Next I added these fun circles for contrasting texture. I call them "doughnuts." You can see why in the next photo.

Retro Cool!

 

This began as a piece of white 100%  hand-woven rayon challis. I used fiber reactive dyes that bond with the fabric making them colorfast and permanent. For this wrap I used an ice dyeing technique that creates beautiful, abstract, one-of-a-kind designs. The predominant colors are terracotta and cocoa brown, with blue flecks and a surprise burst of avocado. 

 

This wrap has a beautiful drape and a soft "hand." The weave has subtle "floating" squares, giving it an interesting texture. The fringe is hand twisted. It measures 74" by 27", with slight variation due to natural shrinkage, making it ample and versatile. 

 

These wraps make perfect gifts for someone special - or for yourself! They can go casual or upscale, and look great with anything from jeans to a snazzy dress. Available in my Etsy shop.