DALI SCARF, design BESHLIE MCKELVIE
These divine scarves are designed by British textile artist Beshlie Mckelvie, and handloomed by skilled artisans in the Indian region of Kashmir. The threads on each scarf are hand dyed. It is predominantly women who do the work of spinning the wool from Kashmir sheep who graze high in the mountains of that region, and the men who then weave the fine threads on a backstrap loom into these vibrant shawls. The colours and designs are inspired by the Rajasthan gypsies and their spirited wild marwari horses.
Beshlie Mckelvie is a talented young British designer whose designs draw on her extensive travels across India and South America in particular. Beshlie studied fine art, specialising in print making. Today she works with small co-operatives of artisans on both continents, striving to support craft traditions and the people who keep those traditions alive.