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Kate Groff

Kate Groff, who has been weaving for decades, weaves almost exclusively in silk with yarns that are hand-dyed during the winter months. Only two scarves are put on the loom at a time and each is woven with a different color silk. With silk’s natural imperfections, it is an ideal channel for creativity and surprise.using a process that begins with white silk fiber that are then dyed, using “acid” dyes that bond with protein fibers. Each woven piece is unique.

Exploring Kate's process and materials shows the depth of her passion for her art, and provides many points of interest. For example, silk is a natural fiber that is drawn from the cocoon of a silk worm. In addition to being soft and luxurious, it is durable, but did you know that strands pulled from the cocoons are too thin for weaving? Indeed, between 6-20 strands are therefore reeled together. For a pound of silk, filaments from 2,000-3,000 cocoons are required. When woven, however, this translates into a scarf that is gentle, elegant, and resilient. Her works are woven from Bombyx or cultivated silk, which is the most widely used. Because of its natural protein structure, silk is highly breathable, absorbing up to 30% of its weight in moisture without making the wearer feel damp - keeping us cool in the heat, warm in the cold. And silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics, containing many amino acids that work with the body and are known not to irritate the skin.

Wind it around a sweater or a bare neck. Go bold or quietly with color. But primarily enjoy the quality and durability of these wonderful pieces of wearable art.


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