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Slow Fashion project ~ Silk Scarves

Written by Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky

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Posted on March 30 2023

Part of the Slow fashion ethos is to use fabrics that already exist, and using ‘deadstock fabrics’ fits into those parameters perfectly. I love to source them from places that create high quality as top of my list, as I get to feel them and see how they’re made. So in my searching I found a European place that had a selection of ends of rolls of fabric from designers like Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and many more. I made a selection of silks to purchase and decided to do a slow fashion scarf project. I chose silks as they make great scarves and silk is very lightweight, therefore less impact to ship them.

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We have made scarves for many years using ends of rolls from fabric we have used in a collection and other decorative things I find. I like to always keep a nice variety as scarves make the perfect gift. They’re always useful, can add colour and texture to an outfit, or warmth if needed and can be worn in many ways. As we make these scarves here in Brisbane in small batches, they’re Australian made which is important if you’re sending a gift overseas. It’s nice to gift something handcrafted from the country you live in rather than a mass produced item.

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This small scarf collection is very limited, all cut at our home studio at The Gap and lovingly roll hemmed by Jacinta at her home studio in New Farm.

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The Mycelium scarf is a cute mushroom print by Stella McCartney and the silk fabric was made in Italy. I could only get a small piece of this fabric so there are only 6 of them.

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The Swirly scarf is the lightweight silk chiffon print by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten and this fabric was also made in Italy. There are only 9 of these.

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The Silhouette scarf is a silk twill with a stunning black silhouette pattern showing outlines of interesting gardenscapes. I love the bold contrast and simple colour combination of taupe and black. This silk was also made in Italy but wasn’t from a famous designer, so no name dropping for this one. We only have 9 of these scarves available.

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I did score a small piece of a stunning embroidered crinkle silk by Ann Demeulemeester, but I am still to decide how I am going to use it. It will be perfect to add as a highlight to something, some accessory, but I think I love it so much that I don’t want to cut it up. So it remains with me, giving me inspiration and awaiting its time.

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 All these new scarves are pure silk and have been prewashed to create a nice feel and texture. I love the way silk changes texture when you first wash it, it’s always better after being in water.

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These new scarves are available now, so check out our selection of Australian made scarves.

Cheers,

Sarah

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