Sunday, March 14, 2010

It's all About the Scarf

Remember how I said I knew I was tempting fate by running head first into spring? Well it came back to bite me in the ass and it only took about 4 days of lovely weather to do so. But I'm going to pretend for a few minutes that it's still nice and I haven't spent the last 3 days walking around with big hair and rain boots and share with you a photo from earlier last week when the weather was lovely.

My skirt and blue fishnets are from Old Navy, my top is hand-me-down from my friend Jamie, the jean jacket is Svoboda via Re/Dress as is the button on the jacket, the earrings are from Topshop, my sneakers are keds and may actually be from high school and the bag is Botkier and trust me, I got it like all my fancy handbags at a sample sale.

What makes the outfit interesting and special is the scarf.

I've already told you that I'm not really a scarf person and I never really know if I'm wearing them correctly. However I recently bought this scarf in India and I am obsessed with it because the entire design is hand blocked. Yup, you heard me, it was all done by hand.

While in India I went to this village called Sanganer that is famous for its handmade paper and textiles. I visited factories that made both and I bought this scarf at the hand blocking factory I went to. It was one of the absolute highlights of my trip and I thought I'd share a few photos from my visit there.

First you choose what pattern you like from a variety of blocks

Then it is dipped in the ink that you see on the right in this photo

Then this exceedingly talented man showed me how you press down on the fabric, hitting the block with a hammer to get the right outline. He also explained to me that you must use the same block, dipping in different colors to get the full design.

This is what the finished products look like. Now do you understand why I'm so obsessed with my scarf? The entire design was done by hand. Absolutely amazing.


  1. OMG. The scarf is AMAZING. Maybe I'm getting one? :-P Or you'll lend me yours? Cause I LOVE scarves. They are very SF-weather friendly.

  2. p.s. that's a VERY me outfit. Except replace the denim coat with a fleece. And the fancy bag with a chrome. Otherwise, it's all me.

  3. I LOVE how cute and spring-y you are. And the top two photos are so fantastic. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO LOOK GREAT IN LIKE EVERY SINGLE PHOTO?

    Like Karen I am in love with the scarf. What a great pop of color and flair!

  4. That button kicks ass! and the scarf is absolutely beautiful.

  5. @Karen considering our Saturday night conversation I doubt you'd wear blue fishnets but I could see you in something similar. I'm glad I've finally gotten your approval.

    @Jamie it's called take a whole lot of photos and then delete the ones where you don't look good. Pretty simple.

    @Kittywitch9 isn't that button awesome. I almost want to get it tattooed on my body. I just wish it was bigger.

  6. its a beautiful scarf.. it will go well with any solid color!!

  7. LOVE the skirt with the converse!!! :)))