A few months ago, I visited the Ripe Food & Craft Market here in Dubai for the first time. The Ripe Market is an organic food, vegetable and crafts market which runs once a week. It has local artisans, vendors, designers, musicians, etc something that was new to me after having grown up in Dubai all these years. Believe me I was fascinated with all the different items available whether beauty products, handcrafted items, paintings, clothes, jewellery – you name it, it was there and mostly made locally. I bought some wonderful products as I could not resist myself and met some wonderful people. I promise I will do a separate post on some of the products I think you should try out too!!
I met Svetlana Babic, a wonderful woman and artist, an artist who paints silk scarves, ponchos, greeting cards, mosaics, etc. There was one particular scarf that had caught my eye at the market and I kept going back and forth and finally decided to buy it. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love scarves and really wanted to get myself a unique one. Since then she has made two more scarves for me. We both got chatting on every visit and I told her about our blog. Svetlana has been kind enough to share her experience and knowledge of painting on silk and obliged to give us a little preview to her work.
We thought that since it is the festive season and you need some new gift ideas, do check her work out – it is especially wonderful to gift someone, because it is unique and personal to them.
Over to you Svetlana :
I must admit that I have been fascinated with silk scarves from my early years, when my father used to bring them from abroad for my mom – they were such wonderful colours and designs. I used every opportunity to “borrow” them from my mom, the scarves carried the scent of her perfume, everytime I put the scarf over my neck it was as if she was embracing me.
Scarves are extremely personal accessories – a scarf can tell you a lot about the personality of the person who wears it, her style, color preference.
It took me a few years to learn the different techniques of silk painting and to understand the old rule of painting on silk – when you paint on silk, you are not the master but silk is the master! It is like the silk is alive,a very capricious and unpredictable material to work with.
The techniques of silk painting are very old , you might even say ancient, it is believed to be originated in China, since China is the birth place of silk. Some believe that the earliest surviving Chinese silk paintings are dated around 165 BCE.
I am make all sorts of hand painted silk items such as scarves, ponchos, silk paintings, cosmetic bags, pillowcases, lamp shades…even greeting cards with silk screen on it.
Designs are related with what is interesting and challenging for me to try to create, that is why I can create design in accordance with personal preference of person who would like to have such silk item – personalised one, not just in terms of design itself, but at the same time in terms of preferred colour scheme or even color shades.
Please find below some of my work :
Pillow Cases :
Greeting Cards :
These are only a few of her designs, for more details and to order yours, contact Svetlana on firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her brand ‘Sekana Scarf‘ on Facebook.
Since we are all in the festive mood, she has a special giveaway just for our Divaly readers this holiday season. Stay tuned for our next post!! Happy Shopping : -)