Rich ivory100% silk hair bow with a vintage button in the centre. I made this dark ivory hair bow from Eri silk This is an Indian wild silk which is not well known and is quite eco - see inspiration. It has a soft sort of look to it and this particular weave is quite smooth. I have sewn a vintage button from my grandmother's collection to the centre of the bow. I have sewn a metal hairslide to the back of the bow.
The wedding bow, which can be worn as a boho bride bow, a flower girl bow, a bridesmaid bow or a arty bow measures approximatey16 cm wide x 7.5 cm deep centre 3.5 cm
a one-off hair bow
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I imported this Eri silk from India when I was asked to design an oufit for 3 fashion shows for Croydon Eco Expo in 2008, the show was called Waste. I designed a re-usable wedding outfit: a long sleevless dress with a square neck, a short coat, a stole and tunic, which can all be worn again so not a wasted wedding outfit.
The silk from the Eri moth is spun so it does not really have a slub texture because it has a soft spun weave. It was woven by tribes in India who work on wild silk farms to preserve this unusual silk and it was made with care for the environment. The cocoon of the Eri moth is an odd shape so it is not used for commercial silk production because when the moth exits the cocoon the silk fibres break. So the silk cannot be reeled it has to be spun because the threads are broken.
There was some silk left over after I had designed and made the wedding outfit so I have been using it up to make bows etc which are completely hand sewn.
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