Paths and Selvedges Scarf — Buckthorn
The design of these scarves is inspired by the structure of the forest: the human and animal paths that run through it, and the interesting life that flourishes in the edges and overlaps between different ecosystems, be them wetlands, woods, fields or logging areas. A wide colorful selvedge of the scarf curls around with other paths on a textured ground.
The ground color of this scarf is dyed with Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) bark. Common Buckthorn is an invasive in North America, so I have a plentiful and ethical supply from various nearby lands that work to remove it.
Wonderfully soft and squishy, the New England grown and spun fiber is 50% Romeldale wool / 50% fine grade alpaca.
12.5” wide by 72” long, plus 3” hand twisted fringes. Weighs 4.25 ounces.
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Your new scarf requires very little care except to be worn and loved. The most important thing is not to put it in the washing machine! To hand wash, fill a basin with warm water and add about a teaspoon of gentle dishwashing liquid, castile soap, or a fiber wash product such as Unicorn Wash or Eucalan. Don’t use Woolite. Put your scarf in the basin and let it soak for 30 minutes without agitating it. Remove and refill the basin with fresh water. Put the scarf back in the basin and let soak for another 10 minutes. Do 2 more rinses in fresh water. Gently squeeze dry and/or roll in a towel and dry flat.