Machine hemmed with silk thread
The process involves:
Pinning the Silk on a purpose built stretching Rack
Drawing the design areas with gutta
Painting with brushes the images and the background area with the silk dyes
A resting period of a minimum of 12 hours
Heat fixing to set the colours of the scarf
Rinsing out excess colour and washing in luke warm water with a mild soap.
Ironing while damp
Because the Scarves are not a mass produced product and are all painted by hand using free-style painting directly onto silk, there will be minor variations in either design or colour shades which makes each one a unique piece of wearable art.
Momme (mm) (Weight)
Silk is hypoallergenic. For that reason it can be worn by allergy sufferers. It is a natural fibre and
is an efficient insulator thus keeps one cool in summer and provides non bulky thermal warmth in winter.
Care of Scarf:
Hand wash in luke warm water, towel dry and iron damp to give the best lustre to the fabric. A reasonably hot iron can be used and it is best ironed on the reverse side especially when gold and silver gutta has been used.
There will be some variation in the final outcome as each one is painted individually.
The silk weave may have some variations in the processing of the fabric which is beyond our control.
Any fly away threads are not fraying, just threads the machinist has not pulled off, a gentle tug will remove them without any damage to the fabric.
Solvent based Gutta is a thick substance that is made from latex (supposedly derived from Indonesian rubber trees or Gutta Percha). It is used almost exclusively for the French Serti Technique of painting on silk. Gutta comes in clear, black, gold metallic, silver metallic and several colours.