Silk Shawl: Swirls 'n Colors

Deborah Younglao hand painted batik silk shawlThis is a custom order shawl that I created recently. It has swirls and dots in every color of the rainbow, on a deep purple background. It's a 44" silk crepe square with 7" of silk fringe on all sides.

I used a batik technique to paint this shawl... here's how it was created.
Deborah Younglao hand painted batik silk shawl progressSplashes of pale yellow, pink and turquoise form the lightest layer. The darker swirly shapes are wax painted on to preserve those colors.

Deborah Younglao hand painted batik silk shawl progressAnother layer of the same colors but more intense; more wax.

DeborahThis time I painted peacock blue over the whole thing, to harmonize all the colors. Then one more set of wax swirls.
Deborah Younglao hand painted batik silk shawl progressFinally, deep eggplant purple for the background. The last step, which I forgot to photgraph, was waxing the whole piece, cracking the wax and painting eggplant in the cracks to form the characteristic batik spider-vein pattern.
My friend was very happy with her new shawl. She's even using it as a decorative throw in her living room, so it will always be on display!
Deborah Younglao hand painted batik silk shawlWe went back and forth over whether or not to get the fringed version. I think the fringe was a great choice - I find it gives the shawl some extra elegance and oomph... what do you think?