Holiday Gift Ideas: Hand Woven Wool and Silk Scarves from Thorn Fiber Arts
I’m not one who generally gets too into the holiday spirit, but I know well the anguish that can be brought on by an absence of gift ideas. This year, I thought I’d try my hand at a few gift-related posts in the hopes that I might be able to steer some of you clear of that conundrum.
When the temperature drops, I have hands-down one single favorite accessory: the scarf. As it happens, my sister-in-law is a talented North Carolina-based fiber artist who weaves and dyes men’s and women’s scarves from the ground up. Sometimes, she even thrifts sweaters, takes them apart, and reconstructs them into other forms. It’s pretty amazing stuff.
She currently has a pretty wide selection of men’s and women’s scarves and other accessories available in her Etsy Shop (Thorn Fiber Arts), and they would make an amazing and unique gift for someone special in your life. My favorites are the silk shibori-dyed ones (like this grey one here) and this grey star-patterned silk/cotton one for warmer climes, and this grey/navy wool shadow weave patterned one (I have a similar one, which you can see in the pics—I think the high-contrast B&W photo does a good job of capturing the pattern in the scarf) for colder weather. But, to be honest, they’re all quite nice.
Scarves are anywhere from ~$50-$120, which is really quite affordable when you consider the amount of work that goes into the creation of each one. If you’re looking for something slightly less expensive, she also has some hand woven bracelets that’ll run you about $15 (I’m not really into mewelry, but these are, to my mind, much nicer than some other wrist raff I’ve seen around the internets). Either way, you can be certain that the person who receives your gift will be the only person with that item around. In an age of expensive mass-produced goods, it’s nice to try and find gifts that are meticulously crafted by real artisans.
I always want to promote quality artisans. Looks like a great shop.