Hand dyed indigo shibori upcycled scarves

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These elegant scarves are all made of natural fibres - silk, linen, cotton or wool (indigo will not dye synthetic fibres). The scarves are hand-dyed using indigo, which produces a fabulous range of blues. I use shibori techniques to produce the patterns - shibori is a sophisticated kind of tie-dye.

With some scarves I fold them and then clamp them between resists before dipping them into the indigo vat. The resists prevent the indigo from reaching parts of the scarf, allowing the original colour and pattern of the scarf to show through. Others I wrap around a pipe, bind with string and then squash on the pipe, resulting in ripple-like patterns. And some I stitch and pull up the stitches very tightly to prevent the indigo from reaching the fabric.

I dip the scarves several times in the vat to build up the colour, leaving them to dry between dips. Indigo requires oxygen to turn blue - when I remove a scarf from the vat the colour is actually green, and as it is exposed to the air it turns blue before my eyes! Letting the scarf oxidise between dips also makes the indigo fast and less likely to run when washed.

I source my scarves from charity shops, car boot sales and auctions, so the colour, pattern and fabric of each one is different - I'm noy buying a job lot of identical blank scarves from China. This means that each one is unique - once it's gone, it's gone.

The photos here show a representative range of the sort of colours and designs available; if you're interested in buying, contact me directly or visit my .

I recommend that you wash the scarves separately in warm water with a little bit of shampoo added. Rinse in cool water, roll in a towel to remove excess water, and dry flat. Press with a warm iron.

Scarves vary in length, from approx 125cm to 180cm. Prices vary accordingly - they start at £25.

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