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COMBINING THE TRADITIONAL WITH THE DIGITAL

Images from minerals that are billions of years old, created when the earth was created.

Silk from China produced as it was thousands of years ago.

Traditional scarf making processes that are hundreds of years old.

Digital technology that is tens of years old - or less.

That's the combination required to make the very highest quality silk scarves.

Our scarves are made close to the banks of Lake Como in northern Italy, on the Silk Road, and the historic home of silk printing in Europe.

But as much has changed as has not. For example, while the rolls of silk are digitally printed in minutes on presses costing £500,000 "those are  not the final colours," says Richard Weston, "because they are reactive dyes that have to then go through a steaming  process. It's the steamer that brings out the true colours, and transforms the dyes into their final colours, and fixes them into the silk."

Yet that's nowhere near the end of the story. The silk rolls then go into six or seven chemical washes before heading into giant tumbling dryers. "It's sauna time for the silk," says Richard, "as it goes into a kind of drying room with near zero humidity before reaching the absolutely essential final production stage, stentoring.”

“As you can imagine, all of the fibres are a bit all over the place, and the fabric gets quite out of true, and what the  stentering machine does is gently straighten all of the fibres out creating that unique touch experience we associate with silk.”

Then each scarf has to be machine hand rolled - that is the hemming is done using a machine operated by a person because despite all our technology hemming round the corners still requires human hand and eye co-ordination.

How long does all of this take?

"Well", says Helen Price, "for example we place orders at the end of October, and receive the scarves in late January. We pack them for our retailers in the designs and numbers they have requested, and send them out, so they are not in the shops until late February or early March - four months or so later."

And that's just as it should be we think. Quality takes time even in this digital age, and we'd rather wait than compromise on quality. We're sure you will agree!