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Eco-Dyed Scarves


Eco-printing means dyeing and printing using plants and natural mordants like iron and vinegar, set with heat to make one-of-a-kind creations.

Sisters Maryanne and Tina started working with eco-dyes in the fall of 2019 just before the leaves were gone, after Maryanne spent about a year studying the methods. If this reminds anyone of how we got into making soap, you wouldn't be wrong. 
Being stuck on the farm in the spring of 2020 led us to spend lots of time playing, experimenting, and getting interesting colors and prints.  As summer progressed, we found new plants to try and also experimented with other mordants, etc...
When we discovered the results we got with silk, we were thrilled and hope you will be too! These lustrous and luscious scarves are the result.
All are one of a kind and use only the colors that are derived from the leaves and botanicals.

From a happy new owner...
"I just had to let you know that the scarves are exquisite... beyond what the photos can capture. My family will be blown away this Christmas. Also, we have relatives in Germany, and two will be going into that Christmas package. It's never easy to find something made in America that's easy to ship but these are perfect. Many thanks to you and your sister for sharing your creativity and knowledge with so many. Hope your travels are filled with as much joy and magic that came in the boxes on my doorstep!"  N. Otterbein