This love affair with fabrics and natural dyes has been growing and swelling, and I’m so delighted to offer the first fruits of that obsession.
I never considered too deeply (I’m sad to say) the energetics of the fabric that we lay on our bodies, all day every day. Synthetic fibers, artificial dyes..
I’ve spent almost a decade focused on the jewelry and adornments - overlooking the base material all of that is laid against.
This scarf, “September”, is homage to the Sumac berry - surrounding us in late summer and early fall.. garnet-red clusters of soft berries beaming from roadsides and fields.. captured on 15” x 60” pure silk. It gives the warmest, bronze blush of color which has been accented with touches of iron for that sultry gray.
Sumac berries, known as drupes, form in midsummer and last into the wintertime.. they are fiery red exclamations, pointing upwards towards the sky. The taste is tart and they are used as spices in middle eastern cooking, and a tangy lemonade-like drink is made from steeping the berries in water. They are also used in herbal medicine making, and have been revered in many ancient cultures.