Silk Scarves / Personal
Submitted By Leah Schmidt
These silk scarves I made after a research trip to Zanzibar. With 2 grants awarded to me, I spent time there learning one-on-one with local artisans and textile designers. During my time, I became fascinated with the East African Kangas that the women wore. The garment is a wide cotton fabric that comes in various vibrant colors and patterns. Each one has a unique motif and Swahili saying written on it . Kangas were often given as gifts, and these sayings related to a certain time or struggle or celebration in a person's life. From my learnings, I created my own version of a Kanga if I were to give them as gifts to improtant people in my life.
To design and illustrate my own patterns to produce into scarves.
Printing samples of fabric and a variety of color palettes was a new process to me at the time. Because of the fabric printer being so unique, and the fabrics all taking the inks differently, I learned about new production techniques.
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