The design on this unique piece of fabric is created using a technique called Ecoprinting. This is a direct-contact method of
printing with leaves on fabric to impart permanent color and design into cloth.
The colors and patterns that emerge result from the plants combination with mordants and ph modifiers such as iron,
vinegar and copper. These modifiers pull pigments and tannins from the leaves and permanently bind them to the fabric. The
silk is bundled with various leaves and either steamed or boiled for a period of time (1.5 to 3 hours). I also use natural dyes such
as Cochneal, Logwood, Indigo, Marigold, and many others to give background color to each piece.
The fabric is then washed and ironed.
The term “Slow Cloth” refers to the idea that each scarf or piece of fabric takes several days to complete. From the first washing,
then to mordanting in certain minerals that help to bind the natural dyes to the fabric, to simmering in a dyebath or
sometimes several to achieve different colors, to rinsing, to then applying the ecoprinting process (see above), to unwrapping
each bundle, to the final washing and ironing of each piece.