A rich ivory silk hair bow which is made from Eri silk. This is a quite rare Indian wild silk. This dark ivory fabric has a soft feel to it and this particular weave is textured, so it looks quite ethnic and is quite eco - see inspiration.
I have sewn a metal hair slide to the back of the ivory bow.
17 cm wide x 10 cm deep, 4.5 cm centre
a one-off rustic wedding hair decoration for a boho bride bow, for a flower girl bow, bridesmaid bow, a girl's hair bow
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 Not Want Not. I designed a re-usable wedding outfit: long sleevless dress with square neck, short coat, stole and tunic. All can 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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