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Elegant Chic & Artsy Hand Painted Designer Scarves Make Excellent Gifts

Updated on February 9, 2015

Designer Scarves for the Woman Who Loves Hand Crafted Scarves

Scarves are more than filmy neckpieces. This is one of my favorites. I usually wear it over an under scarf, so the full coloring and subtle effects are highlighted by the contrast.

My attempts at scarf painting were flubs - firstly I couldn't find the types of silk I wanted. It was before I entered the Internet marketplace.

What I did end up with was enough raw silk to make a tiny decorated tote bag, and I use my initial experiment on light cotton, as a wall-hanging. I'm a painter but I stick to paintings and mixed-media collage for my water media brushwork now.

See how artisans paint on luscious fabrics, using dyes, even wax, to create memorable designs. I've included Batik and Tie Dye because of their comparison to Silk Painting.

Hand Painted - Silk, Batik, Tie Dye, to Wool, these scarf sites are selected for fine quality and unique coloring, painting and styling. Find your organization's official scarf at Marisol Deluna, a hip scarf at Hip Scarves for fun, or Fichu's Fiber Art.

Silk Painting Explained and Demonstrated

Pure white Chinese silk is carefully stretched over a frame and anchored tightly. Designers specialize in laying down carefully drawn lines with masking fluid. The lines are called fences, like fences that border lawns, and they serve as borders to keep the dyes from bleeding from one section into another.

Painterly techniques involve wetting a section of silk with water before applying or painting on dyes. Then the dyed silk can be left to dry before applying a contrasting colored dye with brushes and/or fabric paint tubes or pens.

How The Silk Worm Creates the Luscious Silk Thread

The silk worm turns out a silk thread in the process of making a cocoon. Skilled workers carefully unwind the filaments that are spun into a figure eight pattern, after soaking them in water to make them more pliable. Several grades of silk are produced depending on the food source for the silk worms.

Watch the Dye Run Before Your Eyes

Designer Yanghalying paints on wetted silk and demonstrates her use of fences to control the spread of dyes.

Enter with a Flair

ULRIKE ~ A black edged tutti-frutti rainbow in bands of white and sunny yellow
ULRIKE ~ A black edged tutti-frutti rainbow in bands of white and sunny yellow

This richly colored long scarf will drape your shoulders in sumptuous flat crepe silk, hand dyed in lustrous colors.


Sandwashed Silk Painting in the Designer's Choice Lime Green & Turquoise Dyes

Short demonstration of Designer's work with her own colors

You Can Learn Artistic Scarf Tying

You can do more with a scarf than you ever dreamed. With just a little practice you can become comfortable that you are wearing the scarf you love with grace.

Chic Retro Scarf Tying

For your hand painted silk scarves and all the others you have in your closet.

Tie on a Half Bow II by Birdie of Bonne

Simple and fast, but it doesn't look that way. No one will ever know how simple this trick really us. Smashingly fresh way to wear a scarf!

Six Great Ways to Tie Scarves

SugarRockCatwalk talks us through many looks. Pashminas in three modes, Skinny Scarf wraps in the hair and a Pretzel Wrap, Long Soft Rectangle in a loop, or loose tie, or long bow. Square Scarf triangle wrap, Girl Scout wrap, front knot or over the head. Large Viscose Square with tucked under tails, Large Square, from triangle over-top or halter top.

Today's Handpainting on Crepe Silken Scarf

ULRIKE ~ Black/white posies with multi centers on lime, olive, and golden green
ULRIKE ~ Black/white posies with multi centers on lime, olive, and golden green

This frolicsome long lime scarf is scattered with black and white abstract flowers, with pretty colored centers. Feed your craving for the new styling with this signed scarf.


Exquisite Handpainted Skov Silk Scarf

Hand-painted Silk Scarf by Skov Silk: A Sense of Direction
Hand-painted Silk Scarf by Skov Silk: A Sense of Direction

Rich painting over alternating opaque and translucent stripes creates a heavenly scarf. Wrap yourself in luscious layers. Truly elegant!


More Stunning Scarves for the Picking

More Gorgeous Scarves

Do you wear or create handpainted scarves or sarongs?

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    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      You have so many beautiful scarves to choose from.

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      6 years ago

      I love scarves. These are beautiful.

    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Silk is the best and a scarf can make an outfit. I like wearing all one solid color and just add a pretty scarf.

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      6 years ago

      These are beautiful. I love adding a scarf when I head out the door.


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