A vivid cowl mixing shades of purple, red and salmon pink for an explosion of warmth. 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 weft in this cowl blends Blue-Faced Leicester wool with silk, for an exceptional sheen. For the warp I have used Merino blended with silk and yak fibre. The bright colours come from madder and cochineal, while the subtler tones at the bottom edge of the cowl 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 34 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.