The first in my series of Botanical Memories. Using the ecoprinting technique, leaves and flowers from my garden and local area are imprinted into the silk habotai. Some botanics print quite distinctly and others create more vague shapes, giving a lovely ethereal and painterly quality. This first selection is composed of shades of green and purple with a little dark blue and brown.
The photographs show the silk before and after being hand torn into ribbons. Due to the random placement of the leaves and flowers, and their individual reactions to the dyeing process, each ribbon is completely unique.
Available in one type of silk:
- Habotai: a soft, smooth, lightweight silk with a lovely shimmer and drape. Torn and frayed for that natural look.
Habotai: 3cm x 180cm (£9.20); 4.5cm x 180cm (£10.55)
Botanical Memories I
Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the ribbons are colourfast in cold water, but we would advise carrying out your own tests for colourfastness if this is an issue. If you do need to wash the ribbons, please do so in cool water and, if necessary, only use a pH-neutral soap as the ribbon colours can be affected by chemicals or a change in pH due to the nature of the plant pigments used in the dyeing process. Note: plant food is a chemical and will react with the silk colour; please dry your stems before wrapping with silk ribbon.
Please store the ribbons in a dark environment.
The ribbons are photographed in natural daylight for colour accuracy; however, the colours on your monitor may differ slightly to those in real life due to your computer settings.
Due to the organic and handmade nature of this product, small imperfections may be visible in both the fabric weave and colour. Embrace those imperfections as each ribbon is beautiful and unique!