How We Made It: Silk Scarves

What have the Loom artisans been up to lately? More silk scarves! But this time around, we've revamped them a bit with bigger, square scarves and extra details added. Now we're showing you how we made them, from start to finish over the course of our past few workshops:

"Do I look like a movie star?" - Batool in front of the camera

"Do I look like a movie star?" - Batool in front of the camera

We start with plain, white silk scarves and soak them in a water mixed with a special fabric detergent to help set the dyes. The next step is to shake them out and lay them flat on the covered table, still damp. Then it's time for the fun part!

Batool and Saleemah getting started

Batool and Saleemah getting started

Artisans choose whatever colored silk dyes they want and begin painting. Some like to splatter different colors, some paint wavy designs, and some build up different colored dots. The result is scarves in all different styles and colors, from the cool and bright to the warm and subtle. No matter what, you can be sure that each piece is a unique work of art straight from the artisan's creativity. 

Boj Josi, Batool, and Hlaiwah working on their creations

Boj Josi, Batool, and Hlaiwah working on their creations

The painted scarves take some time to dry, and then at the next workshop they are washed again in the detergent to make sure the dye fully sets. 

With this collection of scarves, we've added fun tassels to the corners in complimentary colors for some extra flair.

Hlaiwah sewing tassels on

Hlaiwah sewing tassels on

Then it's time for the finishing touches: each scarf is ironed and a tag is added with the name of the artisan who hand painted it and where she is from.

We boxed up the final products and will be bringing them all to Fixed Abode, the variety show in honor of refugees on Monday, September 12th at 7:30pm. The show will feature local Chicago performers of music, comedy, and poetry and it's sure to be a great time! Tickets are $12 each, available now, and proceeds will benefit Loom. In addition to this collection of colorful scarves, we'll have some of our other products for sale at the event available for purchase.