Yellow has always been one of my favorite colors. It reminds me of sun, sunflower, summer, heat – and it will forever remind me of Scotland. This country turns yellow first with gorse followed by broom. Both shrubs are very invasive and considered to be a weed. I have dyed with broom too (sadly, it is not a dyer’s broom) but it yelds little color.
When making this nunofelted tunic top I wanted to see if it is possible to combine shear parts with fully felted ones. I was especially curious what will happen with the shear top if the felted part shrinks, if the rouched fabric will look natural or not. It seems it has worked, I am pleased with the finished look.
The top is made from silk chiffon and apart from the shear area it is fully covered in merino wool on the ‘wrong’ and mulberry silk on the ‘right’ side – if we can talk about right and wrong… because one of the unique features of nunofelted clothes is that they are reversible because they are or can be seamless.
The top is dyed with gorse and overdyed with onion skins. What I found unusual was that the silk didn’t grab most of the color, instead this ‘right’ side has stayed paler than the ‘wrong’ merino one – it is the most fascinating and therapeutic deep yellow which only natural dyes can give – and camera (or camera-man?) struggles to capture, hence no pictures…