Laos, Ock Pop Tok, Silk Harvest Organza 2 Pattern Wall Hanging
This natural silk organza wall hanging looks great both against walls and hanging in windows. The transparency and durability of the organza silk makes it a natural room divider. Organza is silk in its rawest form, it makes a great canvas on which to do intricate supplementary weft motifs. This wall hanging is woven mostly using the Discontinuous Supplementary Weft (Chok) technique. Two or more coloured pattern thread are used to make the pattern. The weavers adds the coloured thread by hand as opposed to using a shuttle. This technique is very time consuming. Sometimes a weaver can only weave a few centimeters a day. The wider the cloth, the longer it takes. The Bombyx Mori worm has two glands in its neck, called spinnerets.
When it spins its cocoon, it secretes the silk filament through these. The filament is coated in a liquid called sericin. When sericin meets the air, it solidifies thus protecting the filament. When you touch reeled silk, it is coarse, almost like horse hair. This is the sericin. It is removed by boiling the silk in soapy water. The silk is then soft and ready to be dyed and woven.If you weave silk in its natural state (with the sericin) this fabric is called organza! Made by Mrs. Panee. Dimensions 53 cm x 180 cm. Dispatch time 20 days.