Black Warli Scarf
The Warli Scarf is handmade by the women of Self Help Enterprises in India using the Kantha stitching technique, a centuries-old running stitch used for joining layers of fabric. This elegant scarf is woven out of silk and the design is inspired by the centuries-old Warli murals that represent the distinct Gujarat region of India. These designs are inspired by nature and each symbol has a meaning. For example, the circles represent the sun and moon. The triangles represent the mountains and pointed trees. The square is a human invention representing a sacred enclosure. The embroidery is done by hand using cotton threads.
The process begins first with the artist drawing the design on paper. Pinholes are then punched along the outlines of the designs. The paper is placed on the fabric and color is dotted through the holes using a cotton ball to form the outline of the design. After the paper is removed, the artist stitches over the dots and fills in the central areas of the design with running stitches.
This unique piece of folk art is handcrafted and may contain slight variations in color and design which add to its charm.
Measures approximately 22 inches wide by 70 inches long.