Carolyn Cabena -
Caftan of Silk Satin
Description: A style to fit any size, this hip length caftan in silk satin is patterned with original printing and painting. The devore aspect allows for fluidity and movement in a silk that has body without weight. Worn as an overgarment this caftan would dress up any dress or top.
Size: 140cm wide 65cm length
Care: wash in soap for delicates and dry inside out. Iron on the wrong side with low steam setting.
Another of Carolyn's lovely pieces-
Silk and rayon velvet scarf
Size: 36 x 220cm
Viridine is a gemstone that has the properties to protect one from negative energy and support a peaceful everyday life.
From a length of white rayon silk velvet I print a resist with one of my Signature prints in a pattern of repeats. Gentle heat is then applied and the resist paste is washed away along with the velvet pile leaving a transparent image. The scarf is then dyed in whatever random effect I decide, the colour showing up the print due to the different fibres of silk and rayon.
There are endless possibilities with this technique known as devore or burnout, the result is a soft and pliable long scarf which can be worn many ways. I chose these colours for their adaptability to be worn with any garment.
My textiles are influenced by my love of fashion and learning many dyeing techniques over the years to apply to various silk and velvet fabrics to create colour, design and texture. The colour comes from applying dyes either by dipping, which gives me flat colour or using shibori methods of resist with blocks or stitching. The dye can also be printed which gives me the image or design aspect and comes from hand printing my unique designs from silk screens. Permanent texture is created by heat treating in a pressure cooker of handpleated silk or velvet.
You can see more of Carolyn's work here