La Boca

This scarf for women is a dark grey with the image of lady in red that I saw posing in La Boca-Buenos Aires,Argentina. The lady is painted on either end of the scarf and umbrellas are in the middle.

Hand painted silk scarf lon of La Boca Lady

This unique accessory will enhance your entire outfit and you will get many compliments on your individual fashion style.

My process: I paint my scarves on white Habotai 100% silk scarves with hand-rolled hems. I stretch the scarf on a frame and then, after drawing the design, I first apply a water based resist. The resist is used to prevent the dye from reaching other areas of the fabric -- it fences in the dye.

Once the resist is dry, I use the finest French silk dyes to paint the background and also drop the dye into the designed areas. Finally, I use a thickener mixed with dye to paint in fine details. The thickened mixture is a syrup consistency and this helps to keeps the dye in place.

The scarf is then rolled in newsprint and steamed in a large pot on my stove for 2 hours. The excitement comes when I unroll the scarf to see the vibrant colors. I then wash the scarf with a special silk soap that removes the resist, the thickening agent, and restores the silk to its soft natural "hand". After pressing, it is ready to wear.

Silk is a durable fabric that can be hand washed, dry cleaned, and ironed.

Size: 8 x 54 inches