Save Your Own Neck With Theodora & Callum’s Batik Leaf Wearable Art Scarf
When envisioning their Spring 2011 collections, several designers — among them BCBG’s Max Azria and Vivienne Tam — looked to the traditional Indonesian art of manually wax-resist dyeing cloths, incorporating nature-inspired and geometric batik prints into their collections. But while batik prints abound this season, they’re hardly used in the same manner, nor do they create the same visual effect. After all, batik patterns have been integrated into the fashion lore of destinations ranging from Ghana to Malaysia to Jamaica, with each country creating works that reflect its own aesthetic norms, paying homage to the native landscape, referencing culturally significant symbols, and infusing the colors found in everything from their flora to their cuisine and architecture.
Fashion insider Stefani Greenfield (founder of the Scoop NYC boutique chain) and Project Runway producer Desiree Gruber explore the artistic value of the batik technique in their newest collection of scarves from their jewelry and accessories brand Theodora & Callum. The Batik Leaf scarf pictured is part of the brand’s Wearable Art range, which consists of designs so stunning they could literally hang on a wall (but, instead, you get to drape them over your body and create your own one-woman mobile gallery). Featuring ink-y indigo blue, aqua, and turquoise colors, the 100% viscose scarf’s color palette was inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, while the slightly abstract leaf print was designed to infuse the piece with a Bohemian, Stevie Nicks-like vibe.
Measuring 40″x 74″, the Theordora & Callum Blue Multi Batik Leaf Scarf can be looped around the neck, worn as a shawl, used as a beach-ready sarong, tied into a hair scarf, or draped over the body in a sari-like fashion. For spring, we’d suggest wearing it with a low-key ensemble like jeans, a crisp white tank, and a cropped jacket for a relaxed but polished look.
Theodora & Callum Blue Multi Batik Leaf Wearable Art Scarf, $135. Available at TheodoraAndCallum.com