The birth of the "Ciempiés" comes from the mother scarves' sample yardage: Dendron, It's Us and It's them and Gut Feelings, making it a zero-waste solution. Each Ciempiés exists in its modular potential to transform as a hair accesory, jewelry, shoelace or a supporting strap to existing scarves. This piece invites the user to connect with the intergenerational, multicultural knowledge of intentional braiding, and the beneficial presence of silk in haircare.
"Ciempiés" = "Centipede"
The prints for "Ciempiés" were illustrated entirely by hand, and turned by hand in our studio in Puerto Rico. It was printed on 100% 15 mm silk sample yardage by BC Americ a in their facility in South Korea. Coccoons originate from the regions of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Sichuan in China, where sericulture works in a cooperative or collective model, and woven in the city of Hangzhou. These regions are directly tied to the ancestral origins of sericulture, and where the Mulberry tree that feeds silkworms is indigenous to. There is some information on chemical intervention to clean the filament during processing stages, although this is still unclear. As I continue my research and gain access to more resources, I hope to find a more transparent alternative.
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