This 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.
Splashes of pale yellow, pink and turquoise form the lightest layer. The darker swirly shapes are wax painted on to preserve those colors.
Another layer of the same colors but more intense; more wax.
This time I painted peacock blue over the whole thing, to harmonize all the colors. Then one more set of wax swirls.
Finally, 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!
We 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?