Community Weaving Project: Queen of Elphame Baby Wrap
The 'Queen of Elphame' Baby Wrap is one of a selection woven as part of the Community Weaving Project. This was a warp designed by the tester & chat group on Facebook. Polls and discussions decided the path to its creation. This is a hand painted Cotton warp, dyed with previously measured chains. The colours are a multiple blend including blues, purples, greens and a little orange and yellow.
The Community Weaving Project: Queen of Elphame Baby Wrap was made towards the end of the warp making the tones more pastel; accompanied with a silvery Banana Silk the colours are softer in palette. The weave pattern is an undulating twill which was is different to the first set of wraps and scarves woven. The weft for this baby wrap is Banana Silk. This fibre is quite nubby in nature but makes a very bandagey wrap, it is quite forgiving on the shoulders. The wrap features long colourful tassels.
Queen of Elphame is the Scottish equivalent to the Queen of Fairy who rules Faërie or Fairyland.The whole warp was based on a fantasy based seascape so the names have an other-worldly theme.
Taken from: www.ancient-origins.net
"In Scottish and Northern British folklore the name ''Queen of Elphame'', means ''Queen of Fairyland''. It is unknown when she appeared in history or legends for the first time, but she was mentioned in several old folk stories and also in documents of witch trials."
"The legend of the fairy queen became an inspiration for many famous artists and writers. This character appeared in plays by Shakespeare and his followers. All of the fairies they presented in their texts may be associated with the Queen of Elphame."
Community Weaving Project: Queen of Elphame Baby Wrap Product Details
Fibre: 50% Cotton 50% Banana Silk
Weave:Undulating Twill variation
How to wash/care for product: Hand Wash
If you are considering a handwoven you will not be disappointed they are works of art! Toni
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