Not long ago, I was asked to commission a special scarf. A nice man, wanted to give a surprise present for his indigo loving wife, so I accepted the challenge straight away. Partly because it is such a nice gesture to have with the one you love, partly because I’m flattered he chose me to do it and because this is the kind of present that I would LOVE to be given myself. I just couldn’t refuse.
I decided to make and interpretation of Nui-Yoro Shibori (a hand-stitched technique to create thin blue stripes) in a pure white piece of linen. The name Yoro, refers to Yōrō waterfall (養老の滝) in Gifu, Japan. And this is because the blue lines that result after dyeing are soft, irregular and sometimes seem to fade away and then reappear; just like a waterfall (a real beauty).
This technique has to be made the traditional way; there is no cheating or shortcut that would do the trick. Therefore I went all for it because I think is absolutely worth it in a nice piece of linen. It took me days just to prep the fabric for dyeing, but it felt good to set my mind away from other things (mostly an overdue baby and all things baby related!)
My waterfall scarf, as I like to call it, builds it’s indigo blue as it comes down from the middle. I very much hope that the lady who will own it will like it, and wear it for a long time. Linen only gets nicer with age. And hopefully her husband gets a few extra brownie points too, for making it all happen for her!
We are having such a nice summer in England, that this mostly white rather than blue scarf seemed the perfect one to make. Nevertheless, appropriate for other seasons too, it is wide enough to use over the shoulders like a shawl, and warm enough to just wrap around the neck to keep warm. A real treat to make!