Rust-brown handwoven cowl in Merino, silk and yak


A deep-toned rust-coloured cowl, inspired by the tumbling waters of the Perthshire hills. Wear it outdoors, wear it indoors, wear it everywhere.

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A deep-toned cowl in muted shades of rust and salmon. I’m groping for words to describe the colour, but it is a rich, warm combination. Wear it outdoors, indoors, to dress up a plain jumper or complement a classic winter coat. If, like me, you live in an old (and rather chilly) house, you may find that you put it on in November and wear it right through until May.

The distinctive wavy ‘cascade’ design is created by using two warp layers, interlaced with a single weft, which creates a dense but soft fabric to keep you cosy. The yarns I’ve used blend Merino with silk and yak fibre. The shades of rust and salmon come from madder, a traditional orangey-red dye, while the subtler brown and grey notes come from chestnut and walnut.

Every Cascade cowl in the Flow collection is individually woven in a unique combination of hand-dyed yarns. There will never be another cowl like yours.


This cowl is 33 cm deep x 71 cm in circumference (or approximately 13 x 28 inches). I tend to favour a fairly loose-fitting cowl, not too snug under the chin, so that is how I have constructed this one.

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


I love the sight and sound of a fast-flowing burn, stream or brook. This design celebrates the tumbling waters of Perthshire, where we enjoy walking on our rare ‘weekends off’: the Moness burn in Aberfeldy, the Falls of Dochart in Killin and many smaller waterfalls, unnamed but musical and mesmerising. Using the right-angled interlacement of warp and weft to express a curved line, inspired by nature, is a technique I use a lot in my creative practice and it never fails to make me smile. It’s as defiant as a salmon, leaping upstream.


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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Presented in a Bonny Claith gift box (+ £4), Wrapped in tissue paper