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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Desert Clothing

Clothing for the desert needs to cover rather than expose the skin. In designing the Sahara scarf, I took a page from the desert practice of covering the body.

The Tuareg, a nomadic people who have wandered the Sahara for centuries, are well-versed in how to survive in this extreme climate.
Covered from head to foot in long, flowing robes, usually in monochromatic colours, these desert travellers appear to form part of the landscape. Being covered in this way protects the wearer from the hot sun by day and keeps one warm during the cold desert nights.

Here a Tuareg woman wears a traditional, bejewelled head dress.
Ths sand dunes themselves were enough inspiration for a sand-coloured, wavy-patterned piece.
But adding the concept of desert clothing as protection and warmth together with a wool yarn like St-Denis Nordique brought the idea of the Sahara scarf to fruition.

Now you can make this piece, as a scarf,
a medium-sized shawl or full-sized shawl, to wrap around your body, especially as the days and eveings become cooler.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 09/19 at 05:48 PM