The pattern here, called the “WAVED GELGET”, is Turkish for to and fro, or come and go. I followed the steps of waving the last stroke through the previous mark. It enhances the overall pattern by accentuating the long sinuous nature of the scarf. Antiquing-adding tiny stones (paint) on top of the waved gelget-creates surprise bursts of color!!
My choice of blue was very intentional as blue is a hue with a history.
In the book, “The Secret Lives of Colors,” Kassia St. Clair learned that the Egyptians valued the color blue, which is between green and purple on the color spectrum. It was and is the color of the sky, the Nile River, creation, and blessedness.
Purple, blue green, and viva Magenta (Pantone color 23) are extra additions in the design phase. Some scarves have all those colors, plus the very popular golden yellow!!
No matter the scarf you have purchased, think about the name of blue--Egyptian Blue- and know that scribes used the liquid color to write on papyrus and hieroglyphics in the caves.
Therefore, I feel blue is a universal color and will wrap you in the fluid nature of silk and water, although you will be dry.
Envelope the universal color of blue around your neck to exhibit your wisdom and confidence as you face new challenges.
I washed the scarf first to rid the fabric of manufacturing residue, then soaked the fabric in alum to fix the pigments on the scarf. The 17th Century process of marbling is a dry garment to wet surface transfer.
After the scarf has been left to drip dry and rest for 7 days, then I carefully wash out the extra gel and paints to return the scarf to it's "soft as silk" nature!
The scarf is 22 x 72", 100% silk habotai scarf. The fabric is a smooth, airy silk.