Ivory silk double hair bow sewn onto a metal hair slide. The silk bow is hand decorated with some tatting on the edges as well as a pearl effect button. I made this bow from Eri silk. It is an Indian wild silk that is quite unusual and eco - see inspiration. This silk weave is quite smooth and has a little crispness to it.
The double bow is suitable for a bridesmaid bow, a girl's bow, a party bow and could also be worn as a formal wedding headpiece but the silk is rustic enough for the bow to be worn by a bohemian bride or at a vintage wedding.
The boho bride bow measures approximately 18 cm wide x 7.5 cm deep. Centre band approximately 3.5 cm
a one-off 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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