Entwinements scarves and shawls, prices

27 June 2006

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Entwinements makes a line of colorful, pleated shibori scarves and shawls which are sold at indoor, fine craft fairs (see UPCOMING SHOWS) and a few special shops. The line has:
•star scarf, $130
•shawl, $260
•giant star, $260
•opera shawls, $500
•quetzalcoatl,$375
•medium feather pleated, $450
•feather pleated wrap,$1000.
An extra shibori dyeing adds to the price. For example, a special opera shawl, that has an extra layer of capped shibori sells for $550.
As a special treat to those who show up at our booth, we have available there some small scarves (a normal size scarf-14″x 60″- pleated looks quite small) at $55.
A selection of one-of-a-kind pieces, more exotic and experimental, are also available at the shows.
MATERIALS: these are 100% silk. A few styles are finished with glass beads. All have a brass logo sewn on as my signature.
TECHNIQUES: arashi shibori and the texture has been set, leaving the finished pieces pleated.
SIZE: I always have problems with this logical question.
It is easy to measure the silk before I pleat it but after it is pleated I have troubles.
All the scarves of the same style are the same size before pleating, after pleating they are much smaller and difficult to measure. Each pleating can reduce the size of the silk to about 1/3 of it original size. Some our pieces, the feather pleated ones, are pleated twice and shrink twice. So we start out with really big sizes of silk so that when we are done pleating they still have enough substance to look like something. Pre-pleated sizes are easy to measure and reproducible but misleading because the finished pieces will look much smaller.
If the today’s pleating is at a different angle or a different rhythm today’s scarf will appear to be a different size than yesterday’s. How far open to do stretch the pleats when you measure. The point being that I can not give numbers that accurately describe the finished size.
We current produce the following styles:
The star scarf is a nice size for around you neck. It has built in points that give a very avant-garde look. This scarf is made from one yard of light weight china silk.
The giant star is a larger (3X) version of the star scarf and can be worn as a scarf or opened more and worn as a shawl. This is made from 3 yards of light weight china silk.
The shawl is a more traditional shape, is frequently worn as a scarf with jackets but will cover the shoulders nicely. It is finished with glass beads. It is made from 2 yards of wide light weight china silk.
The feather pleated scarves are pleated twice and I thought the complex pleats looked like the structure of the feathers I used play with. This condenses the silk more and makes the colors richer. This is made from light weight china silk 4 yards long.
The newest feather pleated style is the quetzalcoatl. Sorry, these are so new no professional photos yet. This has two layers of soft organza and is double pleated. The organza is sheer and has a matte finish. Each layer was 6 yards long initially. This is a long narrow scarf that spirals around and appears to have a round cross-section. It reminded me of a plumed serpent; Quetzalcoatl was the plumed serpent god of the Aztecs.
The largest feather pleated style is the wrap. This is a large piece, it will envelop you and keep you warm or make you look grand or maybe both.
Opera Shawl and feather sets
(the two pieces are dyed together at every step of the process) can be part of the line but more often are one-of-a-kind. Opera shawls alone are available in the basic colorways.

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7 Responses to “Entwinements scarves and shawls, prices”

  1. Irene Barrese Says:

    Dear Ms. Brito, I bought one of your scarfs last year and love it. But if you had a brochure or pictures on how to wear, fold, etc. the different scarfs, I believe more customers will buy them. I myself would love to buy some for X-mas present(s) and/or myself, but I do not have your artistic touch and have trouble folding the scarf to show it off the best. I plan to attend the August show in San Francisco and hope that you have some such material available. Sincerely, Irene

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  2. Karren Says:

    Dear Irene,
    Did you you find any of the pictures here associated with each style helpful in that respect? Did they give you any ideas on how to wear your scarf?

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  3. Lynne Bragonier Says:

    I purchased a few of your pieces over the years and adore them. I just opened a high-end lifestyle store in Lakeville, CT and would love to carry some of your scarves and shawls. Please advise me on how to begin a dialogue with you.
    Many thanks.

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  4. Karren Says:

    Lynne,
    Most of the info that is in our wholesale brochure is here in the blog. The style sheets are here in this entry as pdf which you can download and print and the colorsways are under a separate entry, also downloadable and printable. We will email you other wholesale info. I will be near CT when I go to the Westchester Show in Oct.if you would like to see things in person, I bet we can get together then.

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  5. Kay McGuire Says:

    I would love to receive wholesale price list for your work. We are opening an exhibition titled “Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator” at the Weisman Art Museum next month, and I think your work would be a nice addition to our museum store. Please advise.
    Kay McGuire
    Weisman Art Museum Store
    333 East River Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    612-625-9630 fax

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  6. Karren Says:

    My assistant, Lara Bauer, emailed you wholesale prices and an order form on Sept 5 and again today. Did they get caught in your spam blocker? I told her to call you as soon as you open.

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  7. DEBRA DUCKETT Says:

    Karen, I am also a shibori/tie dye artist and dollmaker. I bought your book some time ago and I loved it. Although I am not as advanced as I should be with my shibori at this point I find myself going back to it at this time of the year. I love the smocking/pleating technique, but I don’t do much of it, because when it’s washed the pleating comes out. I try to explain to my customers that this will happen and the garment will still be beautiful, but some don’t seem to understand, so, I don’t do much anymore unless by request. I just want to tell you that your work is gorgeous and that you inspire me.
    Thanks,
    Debra

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