Width: 13 inches
Length: 72 inches including fringe
Made from two different harmonious kimono silks, this is two beautiful scarves in one, and could be used as a scarf, a shawl, or a wrap. Light enough to wear around your shoulders on a summer evening, yet warm enough to keep away the chill on the coldest of days, my scarves are perfect for any occasion.
One side is a gorgeous unused vintage kimono silk. A monochromatic pink in color and woven with cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, maple, and bamboo leaves, the design is absolutely remarkable when the light plays on it. It is just beautiful and has a very luxurious feel. I’ve paired this with another vintage unused silk fabric in a soft beige or raisin color. It is a lightweight crepe de chine silk with a subdued pink floral pattern running throughout. The two silks complement each other perfectly and the scarf has a wonderful drape to it. The plum fringe pulls the two sides together nicely.
I sometimes use my jewelry in the pictures of my scarves. The jewelry is not part of the sale of the scarf but may be available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
I purchase bolts of unused vintage kimono silk whenever possible. I also purchase individual panels cut from unused vintage bolts as well as panels of used vintage kimono silk. I have given much consideration to what kind of silk I will use for my scarves. Some people won’t make their items with used or previously-worn fabric. I don’t feel that way. Many of the kimonos that are picked apart for their silk have never been worn. Also, kimono silk is incredibly strong and resilient and stands up to the test of time. If a vintage, previously worn fabric shows obvious wear, has stains, odors, or uneven coloring, I won't use it. However, if a vintage, previously used fabric is in great condition, of high quality, and drop-dead gorgeous, I have no problem at all making a new item with it. I use new polyester or polyester blend fringe because it holds up better to washing, does not fray, and is just as beautiful as other more expensive fringes. I always state in its description what materials I used to make the scarf, be it vintage unused, vintage used, so that you may decide for yourself.
I machine wash and dry the silk prior to making a scarf so you don’t have to worry about shrinking. I recommend hand washing your scarf in cold water using Woolite or a similar product. Never wring out your scarf; after a thorough rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water, roll the scarf up inside a towel, squeeze again to remove more water, and then dry flat.
I am happy to add or remove fringe at an additional cost. Removing fringe will shorten your scarf by approximately 1”. Likewise, adding fringe, while lengthening the scarf overall, will shorten the length of the silk by approximately ½”.
While I cannot say that this scarf is truly one-of-a-kind, I try to never duplicate the exact fabric and fringe combinations. I can say that with the limited amount of each fabric I purchase, it is very likely that there will never be more than two made exactly the same way.
I am very careful to ensure that the colors in the photographs are exactly like the colors in the scarves. Since some silks change their appearance depending on the lighting, some photos are taken in natural light and some in artificial light. And, since every monitor is different, I cannot control the color that you see on yours. If you have any questions at all or would like to see additional photographs, please let me know prior to making a purchase.