Varanasi, Where time, tradition and culture stand still.

Varanasi is steeped in tradition and the Hindu religion. Dishevelled tattered and torn, the town rises up alongside the banks of the river, where life lives and breathes the holy waters of the Ganges. The town spreads out like the roots of a tree, branching out from the watery banks along narrow dusty dirty streets, that weave like veins from the river. As if it is feeding from its very heart, every aspect of life here revolves around the river. It is believed that the river Ganges can purify the soul. People bathe and drink from the holy river, they wash their clothes and use the water to cook and wash their food. It is a way of life trapped in time, unchanged in decades. Where time, tradition and culture stand still.  

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Masquerade magic at the Venice Carnival

Carnival is inspired by the Commedia dell’arte, a form of improvised plays and comedy that flourished in 16th and 17th century in Venice. The plays gave rise to characters such as Jesters, Harlequins, Pierrots, Villains, Hunchbacks and Sultans involving tales of love and deceit. To this day the characters, masks and costumes that we can see in Venice are still hand crafted following old tradition but with additional modern twists. Read how this wonderfully theatrical event inspired some of the designs in my silk scarf collection.

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A wonderful trip exploring the ancient kingdom of Hampi, India

Hampi…they call it a place of rocks and ruins . But for me it is a place that totally captivated my heart. I suppose it was my fascination with lost kingdoms and love of ancient architecture which attracted me there, like so many other adventurers from all across the world.

Read how this wonderfully enriched landscape and ancient civilisation inspired some of the designs in my silk scarf collection.

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How to store, wear and wash your silk scarf heirlooms

Designer scarves are not cheap but are an investment piece for your wardrobe and for many years to come. An heirloom you would want to pass on to your daughter one day. An icon of luxury, the classic silk scarf represents quality, craftsmanship and timeless style. So before you set out to buy your next silk scarf, learn how to preserve the condition of your scarf, to maintain colour, strength and above all its value.

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Silk twill versus silk satin

From the ancient Silk Road to the present day, silk has dominated the world of fashion and still holds its allure and value. Recently I had customers asking me to explain the difference between the silk used to make their heirloom Hermès scarf and one of the silk scarves in the Debbie Millington collection. So I thought I would write a quick post to explain the difference between silk twill and silk satin weave. Though these two silks come with similar features, they are quite different in every sense

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The Best Ever Christmas Gift Guide by Design Ireland

Choosing the most beautiful  gifts for the women in your life is easy with our essential guide to the most desirable Irish designs this Christmas. What better to find under the Christmas tree than a beautiful silk scarf or handbag, a stunning necklace or evocative candle? Rest easy as as we present our guide to the ultimate Irish gifts for her this holiday season. Christmas Gifts for Her and the essential Christmas Gift Guide this 2018

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Tibet, the jewel of the Himalayas, and its influence on colour in my silk scarf collection.

I weaved my way in amongst the crowd and was suddenly immersed into the flow, surrounded by an eclectic crowd - pilgrims, monks, purple-cheeked toddlers and their grandmothers, nomadic Golok women in miniature bowler hats and huge Khampa warriors wearing thick yak fur coats and hair embellished with red threaded turquoise and coral stones. Everyone walking in a clockwise circumnavigation encircling the Jokhang Temple spinning prayer wheels, chanting and performing this ancient ritual.

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My visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India

I wandered the walled city, idly meandering through its central streets, weaving my way through the busy traffic, street traders and general morning hustle and bustle. My eyes would divert left to right, scanning the stalls and shops lined with carpets, rugs and fabrics, piled high with farm produce and handicrafts. A sensory overload hit me in an instant, surrounding me with wonderful sights sounds and smells. 

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Colour me seasonless,non season driven designs in silk

 I think consumers don't get a chance to really reflect on what they like, they are just handed everything on a plate, every season 'must haves' and trends imposed on them. I appreciate small labels presenting either a single collection annually or the same / slightly varied collection twice a year, thus leaving more time for the designer to focus on what is really important- the brand, quality of design and craftsmanship. 

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The Hanging Monastery in China

I decided to travel south and had a list of destinations to visit along the way, I had heard of this wondrous place near a town called Datong where I was told there was a monastery that was hanging from a mountain edge. Sounded intriguing and listed in the Top 10 Most Dangerous Buildings in the World, it was a backpackers dream destination!.

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Sea Silk - The Sacred Thread of the Sea 

I had never heard of Sea Silk until recently and became hugely intrigued by its historic value. 'Byssus' or sea silk in Greek means ‘highest quality of linen’ . In ancient times it had been reserved for the binding of Egyptian mummies and often gifted to the highest ranks of society. There is also ancient text referring to wearing togas of sea silk, cloaks or “Chlamys” for the ruling classes of the Roman Empire. In China the thread was called mermaids silk or sea wool, harvested from ‘water sheep’ and was often woven into fine brocaded cloth for the hierarchy.

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Mother Nature’s bizarre and beautiful creations translated into Silk 

A few years ago I had the opportunity to join an overland jeep safari across Africa. Capetown to Kenya. Eight thousand kilometres, seven countries in eight weeks. A trip of a lifetime. Part of the itinerary in Namibia was to visit the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the petrified forest of Dead Vlei. 

I was so excited to see Africa by land but I had no idea what was in store for us. Something that would leave my jaw dropping and breathless with excitement.

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A brief history of silk and the silk making process.

The art form of silk making originated in China nearly 5000 years ago and they remain the largest producer of silk in the world. Because of its luxurious shimmering texture, strength, breathability and comfortable lustre, silk rapidly became a prized cloth to trade during pre industrial China, proving a highly lucrative commodity internationally. 

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The Art of Flour Painting and How It Has Influenced My Silk Scarf Designs 

Decorative painted art is not only on the walls and streets in India. They also love to paint animals. In the city of Jaipur, elephants hold a place of reverence in the Hindu religion. I was lucky enough to have experienced first hand the Purham Elephant Festival. Here elephants are garbed in the finest brocade costumes and are elaborately painted with vibrant coloured chalk paint. Usually these drawings consist of motifs of birds, flowers and animals. 

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