The KINSFOLK silk scarves have been designed and created in a beautiful workshop located in a quiet backyard of a busy town in the south of Sri Lanka. Between pots and pans filled with hot wax, bathtubs, and containers serving as dye baths, works a strong team of women who have dedicated their lives to the art of batik for over 25 years.
Sri Lankan batik has a very old history on the island. KINSFOLK is devoted to preserving the craft of handmade textiles in Sri Lanka by combining traditional batik methods with a modern aesthetic, all while manufacturing ethically, and ensuring that artisans earn a sustainable living.
All the artwork is drawn with hot wax on pure, untreated silk. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are used.
We promised to stock up on KINSFOLK scarves - both silk and cashmere - during our next trip to Switzerland and we did just that this summer. Head over to the shop now to get your Kinsfolk scarf!