Grey and purple textured handwoven scarf in Merino, silk and yak


In winter yaks grow a layer of soft downy fibre on their tummies, which is one of the ways they have adapted to survive the cold at high altitudes. I’m not suggesting you wear this scarf on a Himalayan expedition, but the yak fibre in this textured scarf will certainly keep you warm and snug on chilly days in Scotland.

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If you need a scarf to keep you warm and snug through the chillier months of the year, this is for you. The soft blends of wool and silk are interlaced in a honeycomb structure to trap air and retain warmth. It is versatile too. One side is a sophisticated grey, while on the other there is a delicate patterning of purple, so you can style it for two quite different looks.

I’ve used two different yarns in this scarf: the weft is a blend of Merino and silk, while the warp includes Merino, silk and yak. The yak fibre produces the lovely natural grey colour and a softness beyond my powers of description! I dyed the weft with chestnut and iron for a lighter shade of grey, and the purple comes from cochineal, a traditional source of vivid colour.

Every scarf in the Naturally Warm collection is individually woven in a unique combination of hand-dyed yarns. There will never be another scarf like yours.


This scarf is 23 cm wide x 160 cm long (or approximately 9 x 63 inches). The fringe adds approx 9 cm (3.5 inches) at each end.

To prolong the beauty and brightness of your naturally dyed handwoven scarf, please have a look at this care information.


I became interested in this particular honeycomb interlacement a few years ago, when I discovered that all the books in my weaving library had recorded it incorrectly. I spent a long time tracking the same mistake back through the weaving literature. My nerdy side was fully engaged in pursuit of the problem! When I had finally established what it ought to look like, of course I had to try it – and discovered a lovely, textured weave with a lively feeling of movement. Delightfully, the name of the structure is Brighton Honeycomb, which sounds like a sweetie you’d eat beside the sea.


This collection is exclusively available direct from Bonny Claith. You will find it online or at selected events, but not in any shops or galleries.

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