I was all ready to pin down a little satin piece I’d woven and dyed onto a small piece of cloth I brought back from a trip to India. I’ve loved the piece. We visited a studio where the woman made very contemporary fashions using traditional dyeing and resist techniques used by the local artisans. I think I begged for her to sell the piece to me. She wanted to keep it as a sample. Many of you know I love samples so it really resonated with me. It is 12” x 27”. Yesterday when I ironed the piece, I discovered the “back” side and then came the dilemma. It was fantastic—an astonishment to any weaver. There was no way I could ignore that side and use the other side for my small simple piece. The dilemma was what to do with the original satin. More about that when I decide what to do. This piece is so unusual and inventive I had to show several views. The last photos are of a real scarf/shawl that resulted from the sample.
Here is a close-up showing a bit of both sides. The black side is what I’d planned to use and the light side is the discovery I made.
Here is more of the side I discovered.
This is the whole piece. It’s made of a rather thin, soft silk.
This is the side I had always remembered.
This was the next SURPRISE! It is double woven in a tube—with the edges in the middle rather than at a selvedge.
Here is a detail of a full-size scarf or shawl.
This is the “back” side. Hard to say which is the front or back. It looks great as a scarf bunched up.
Did you notice the seams on the “front”? I especially love them here on the “back”!