Although the calendar reminds us April 22 is Earth Day, everyday is Earth Day for Colorado-based textile artist, Ayn Hanna. Formally trained as a professional fine art printmaker, Ayn began exploring the textile medium in 2005. We are delighted to be carrying Ayn’s Eco-dyed, silk charmeuse and crepe de chine scarves at Appalachian Spring.
Ayn begins the eco-dyeing process by collecting local plant leaves, flowers and stems and bundling these within the silk fabric. The bundles are then tightly wrapped around a stick, sometimes adding metal pieces to achieve even greater color variations.
The next step is to boil or steam the bundles in a pot of water with leaves of various color hues. The bundles rest a while before Ayn unwraps them to reveal the unique colors and marks left upon the silk. Ayn then works her magic to skillfully finish the eco-dyed silk into beautiful scarves.
We encourage you to visit any of our four store locations to see for yourself the beauty of nature’s colors and marks that can be achieved when combining water, heat, plants and metal. Although these scarves are not available on our website, you will find many other beautiful scarf selections in our fashion department.