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Created and Hand Painted by one of the most talented artist Svetlana Rasskazova.

 

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This is how our Artist Svetlana Rasskazova is creating a Unique Hand Painted Silk Scarf “Adele Bloch-Bauer’s Portrait” by Gustav Klimt.

On the photos below You can see how the paint is still wet on the frame…

Adele Bloch-Bauer’s Portrait was bought for 135 million dollars in 2006. This is one of the most expensive painting in the World.

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Every bride wants her day to be unique, but with so many millions of weddings taking place around the world every week, trying to think of ideas which will make her day stand out can be tricky. Whether you yearn for the traditional white wedding with the Cinderella ball gown and flowing bridesmaids dresses or prefer your occasion to be more funky and modern though, the addition of exquisite hand painted silk scarves or hand dyed shawls can make a statement which screams class, elegance and, most importantly, uniqueness.

Trying to choose bridesmaids dresses for women or girls whose age ranges may span generations, whose shapes and sizes are completely different, whose tastes are entirely at odds with one another and whose skin tones vary enormously can be a complete nightmare. What one loves, another might hate. What is flattering to one might look spectacularly unattractive on another. At the same time though, the bride usually wants to achieve a coordinated look rather than having all her attendants looking completely different. One really simple but highly effective way to achieve a harmonized look whilst still allowing each of the bridesmaids their own sense of individuality, however, is by using silk scarves and shawls. Starting from the same basic bridesmaids dress, (a simple shift style is extremely versatile) these gorgeous accessories can be used in such a variety of ways that no matter how different the ladies are, their overall look will still be one which matches.

Because hand painted scarves and hand dyed shawls are all uniquely designed, with no two being the same, the first thing to do is to choose a harmonizing theme for your accessories – flowers, for example, would be perfect for a wedding. Next, talk to your bridesmaids to find out how they would prefer to wear their scarf or shawl. All women have certain parts of their anatomy that they feel more or less comfortable with, so try to find out which parts they either want to cover up or to accentuate. If one wants to cover her upper arms, for example, then an exquisite hand dyed shawl or a long silk scarf draped around the shoulders and across the tops of the arms would be perfect. If another wants to show off her slim waist, then a fabulous floaty scarf tied around her middle will produce the right effect. For a lady who has larger hips that she wants to disguise, a long scarf tied under the bust to create an empire line is the perfect solution.

Accommodating the different skin colorings of your bridesmaids is also easy if you use silk scarves and shawls. By selecting a neutral color of bridesmaids dress, such as ivory, you can work in the shades which are most flattering to each of your attendants in the accessory.

Combining the quality of 100% pure silk with the expert craftsmanship which goes into producing handmade scarves and shawls will guarantee that your wedding will be remembered as the stylish and elegant occasion that it should be.

Julie-Ann.

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When you see a handmade silk scarf or shawl, it is certainly not difficult to marvel at the beauty of the craftsmanship and work which has gone into its design and production. When you consider what has gone into the production of the silk itself though, the whole creation seems like a small miracle.

The start of the manufacturing process of silk actually begins when the female silk moth lays her eggs. Within four to six days, she lays around 500 eggs and then dies shortly afterwards. From each ounce of these eggs though, come in the region of 30,000 worms which then set about eating approximately one ton of leaves from the mulberry tree and produce twelve pounds of raw silk.

While they are at the larva stage, these tiny creatures demand constant attention. They must be kept warm, away from drafts, loud noises and even strong smells. Living in trays which are stacked one on top of the other, the worms are fed around every half hour until they grow fat and weigh 10,000 times more than they did when they hatched. Only when they have stored enough energy to enter the cocoon or pupation stage is it that they actually begin the job of producing silk.

When they pupate, the silk worms produce a substance which has the texture of jelly but turns hard on contact with the air. Over the course of three or four days, they begin to spin a cocoon around themselves which is made up of a continuous thread, so that they end up looking like little round white, puffy balls. Eight or nine days later, before the larva have the chance to eat their way through the thread (which is what they would do if left to mature naturally), the cocoons are subjected to heat treatment to kill the worms and then are dipped into hot water to loosen the thread which is then unwound on to a spool. Remarkably, each single cocoon yields somewhere between 600 and 900 meters of silk.

Depending upon how it is going to be used, the fine filaments of raw silk can then be spun into different types of thread by twisting a number of them together in different ways to make a single thread. In this way, different kinds of silk fabric such as crepe and organzine are created, with single threads being used for the finest and sheerest silk. In the final part of the process, the silk threads are woven into the cloth which forms the basis of your fabulous silk scarf or shawl, and then this is where the artists and designers set about creating the beautifully-colored patterns and designs which turn the plain piece of fabric into a piece of wearable art.

Despite all the work which goes into producing raw silk, the demand for this material has grown and grown over the years, especially amongst those with a discerning eye for quality. With the look and feel of sheer luxury, as well as its amazing insulating qualities, it is a fabric which is bound to enjoy enduring appeal for many years to come!

Julie-Ann.

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Whether the items that we buy are mass-produced or handmade, few of us give much consideration to the way in which they are produced. Watching the process of creating a hand painted scarf, however, gives a real appreciation of the amount of time, effort and creativity which goes into every single piece – because these gorgeous accessories are genuine and wearable works of art.

The work of the artist must, of course, begin with the design. Inspiration might come from any number of sources, such as from the natural world of flowers or animals, or pieces of abstract art. Wherever they may be, designers are constantly searching for shapes and color combinations to work into the unique pieces that they create.

Once the design idea has taken shape in the artist’s mind, he or she will typically sketch it first to get a feel for what the finished product will look like. From here, the design will then be transferred by hand on to the appropriate sized piece of silk, which is first stretched across a wooden frame to provide a flat, wrinkle-free surface. Silk tacks are used to secure the fabric to the frame, and the artist must take great care to adjust the tension so that the silk remains taut. In some cases the silk will be hemmed before the actual design is created on the fabric, and in others this will be done as the final part of the process.

Using either cold wax or other products which act as a barrier for the dyes used to color the fabric, the artist draws the outline of the design. It is not just the very outer border of the pattern which needs to be created, however, but the outline of each block of color, however large or small. In some cases, rather than draw the design free-hand directly on to the fabric, the artist will first draw a template on paper using a black marker and place this underneath the silk to use this as a guide when applying the wax.

When the outline of the design has been created, the wax is then left to dry before the process can continue. Next comes the application of the dyes which are applied using a paintbrush. Working within each of the borders created by the wax, the artist paints on the colors required to build up the design. As the dye touches the fabric, it flows towards the edges of the wax outline and stops. Each individual part of the design is created in exactly the same way and then the background is also colored.

After being allowed to dry once again, the entire piece of silk is then carefully removed from the wooden frame and wrapped in cotton before being placed in a special steaming machine for several hours. This process not only removes the wax outlines from the fabric, but it also sets the dyes. The scarf is then washed to remove any excess dye, with the remaining color being both strong and colorfast.

So, next time you are weighing up whether to go for the factory-produced silk scarf or the handmade one, just consider how much loving care and attention to detail, and how much talent has gone into creating the unique handmade pieces. You will never want to buy mass-produced again.

Julie-Ann.

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We all remember Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs from the movie the Devil wears Prada as the newly graduated free spirited journalist who wanted to jump start her career in the fashion world in New York. She had applied to be Meryl Streep’s or best known as Miranda Priestly’s assistant; Miranda who was known to be the toughest, cruelest fashion critic, notorious for her snappy comments towards her co-workers sense of style and the most sought after in the industry. So needless to say when Andrea walked into her office for an interview early one morning, silence engulfed the room as eyes scrolled up from the pasty granny shoes to the conservative boring skirt and last but not least to the muddled hairstyle with absolutely no hint of any accessories that could potentially brighten up this outfit.

Nevertheless Miranda decided to hire Andrea for the job, after all if fashion guru and the top expert at Vogue magazine couldn’t turn this ugly duckling into a beautiful put together swan, then no one else would. Of course after the initial outfit for the first part of this drastic makeover was put together, the magic only began in the accessories department. That fresh smell of leather belts, the glisten and sparkle of the watches, earrings and bangles but what Miranda needed was a much bolder statement to add on to the finishing touches of the swan.

And there from behind the blacks and whites of the closet, emerged a jungle of gold’s, reds and greens; the most exquisite of the colors put together, there were the latest silk scarves that everyone had been ranting about. This should do it, thought Miranda, after all even at the latest Oscar awards, everyone from Julia Roberts to Penelope Cruz was sporting one of those luxurious silk shawls. Some had it tied around their hair in a braid while others elegantly draped the shawl over their shoulders, even Jack Nicholson was found forking one of these silk scarves around his neck like a little bowtie.

Miranda’s job was done here now; Andrea had been transformed from an “Ugly Betty” to the ultimate fashionista, the rest will be up to how she carries herself with this newly refined image.  Excited about her new job and makeover, Andrea decides to head down to the hippest lunch bistro in town. Automatically all eyes were on her as she gleamed with confidence, all main focus however was on the striking piece of art hanging around her neck – the silk shawl. The men complimented her on the vibrant colors that made her face and eyes glow, as well as the pure silky feel of the fabric; the women also did not hesitate to inquire as to where they themselves can purchase this exclusive piece from.

Andrea had finished off her lunch, not only satisfied with her food but brimming with confidence about what her future holds for her from now on and all because of a silk scarf….”What a strange power there is in clothing.”

Yana K.

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