Reportage ‘The World is a Handkerchief/Scarf’ by Jennifer Baptista

During a phase of my trajectory in the textile sector, I created mostly hand-painted silk scarves and, later on, also nuno felt scarves, because I simply used the silk piece as a white canvas to paint on or to draw on with merino wool, with the purpose of creating something ‘Beautiful’. I am currently in a very different stage: on one hand, I créate textile art, through which I try to express issues that concern me deeply. On the other, I am creating my first complete collection of sustainable fashion or ‘Slow Fashion’ in hand-painted silk and nuno felt -silk and merino wool- to contribute my grain of sand to raising awareness about the need for sustainability in this sector.

In this video, which is part of the interesting reportage ‘The World is a Handkerchief/Scarf’ by Jennifer Baptista, I talk about my hand-painted silk scarves, created in my Suhzo workshop, and María Porcel, Journalist (El País Trends), Rocío Gutiérrez and Angelina Velasco, Designers (Revérbere) talk about the scarf as a fashion accessory. I hope you’ll like it. For me, it is a nostalgic gaze at this phase of my work in textile design. The video has Spanish and English subtitles.


During the interview, I explain that all my pieces are made in hand-painted silk or in nuno felt (silk felted with merino wool). Each of them takes many hours of work, is unique and sustainable. All this results in them not being cheap.

I also talk briefly about my creative and working processes when I paint on silk and about my favourite technique, batik.

I believe fashion transforms people, that is, we each dress in a particular way, not only to express our personality, but also to suit our mood, and according to how we relate to others.

María Porcel, journalist from El País Trends, talks about the French brand Hermés, the best known scarf brand in the World and about its most famous scarf, the ‘carré’ scarf, which was created approximately a century ago to celebrate the launch of a bus line in Paris, under the name ‘Jeu des onmibus et dames blanches’, which translates, ‘Bus games and white dames’. She explains that Hermés scarves are hand-made, that they take many hours of work and that 300 silk cocoons and 450 kilometres of silk thread are needed for one scarf, which justifies their price.

She also tells us that other high-end brands have created their own scarves and that, in Spain, the most famous luxury scarves are from Loewe.

María explains that the most famous, most noble, most expensive and most difficult material to print or paint for scarves is silk. She says that silk painting is a fashion that is returning, that in the old times it was more low-key, but that there are currently more and more textile artists that use it, and more and more courses and workshops to learn how to paint on silk.

Then she tells us that there are many current trends that incorporate scarves, as the scarf has returned this season in all its glory. They are worn, for example, on the hair, as a bandana or tied around a ponytail, short or long. They are also worn tied to the handbag, or around the neck, short or long. They can also be worn as garments, as a top, a skirt or pareo. What is so much fun about scarves is that they are completely versatile.

She believes the scarf is a very distinctive element, a different accessory that lends a totally differentiating touch to a look, and that two very different people can wear the same scarf with very different results.

She also tells us about the importance of influencers, a collective that should not be ignored, that gives value to everything they wear and everything they touch, because they reach millions of people.

Designers Rocío Gutiérrez and Angelina Velasco explain that the fashion world is quite complicated because there is a lot of competition and it’s difficult to create original fashion. They think that the scarf is very flexible, and they show us how a large scarf can be worn as a blouse.

Here is the link to the complete reportage by Jennifer Baptista

And here you can read some interesting articles by María Porcel for El País, if you can read Spanish.


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