KELP - sari silk waste ribbon


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Primary fiber: Sari silk

Hand-dyed one at a time with eco-friendly water-based dyes over silk waste "ribbons".

I use quotes for a reason. (Not for poor grammar.) These are sold in skeins by sari production companies in India. They are silk waste from the edges of garments, either sewn or tied together, usually used in fiber arts like weaving, crochet, and knitting. They are not finished-edge ribbons. They're not even-width, and they're definitely not smooth. You'll end up with shabby edges and inconsistent tensile strength. It's just how they're made.

They're also PERFECT for paper arts and book arts as they are, and if you sew them to a base ribbon or a strip of stronger fabric, you can do just about anything with them. And they look AMAZING, especially sewn to book projects or used as (reinforced) ties.

Do NOT get them wet. They're not made for washing. They'll fray or fall apart and the color will leach out of them or bleed. They've been heat-set, so they're water *resistant*, but definitely NOT water *proof*, just by nature.

They're gorgeous tied along a spine, used to make tassels, or put on the tops of tags. They've got a sheen and give a tactile look/feel to what you're doing.

I've ironed them, but they'll still be a little bit crinkly, which just adds even more texture.
They're roughly 4 yards apiece, with a +/- of about a yard. More than enough for most projects.

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