This hand-painted Habotai silk scarf features three mermaids (Haitian goddesses of rivers and streams). The piece measures 35"x35". This scarf can be worn as an accessory or framed and hung on a wall.
Little known fact: Arielle, our Kojima assistant, has worked for an arts collective in Matènwa, Haiti for the past six years! She travels to Haiti several times a year to work side-by-side with these incredible artists. The forty-three "Atis Fanm," or Women Artists, specialize in traditional and non-traditional forms of artwork, including embroidery, scarf painting, printing, painting, and scratchboard. All artwork is by by hand in rural conditions so no two are exactly alike and many pieces exhibit handmade imperfections.
Each scarf, made of white, hemmed 100% silk, is stretched tight on a frame and laid over an original pattern. The entire pattern is hand-copied onto the translucent silk in light pencil then retraced with a clear, washable liquid resist and laid in the sun to dry. Once dry, silk paint is carefully brushed between the lines of resist (this is where mistakes can easily get made from a slipped brush to a landing chicken.) The colors are heat-set by hand with charcoal-filled irons, then the resist is washed away to reveal a white, un-dyed line between each color. Each scarf takes an artist 2 days from start to finish. The designs are drawn from daily life, traditional spiritual symbols, and flora and fauna.