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Silk from the Hartz is a family business in the beautiful town of Index, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Warren Hartz, the artist, hand dyes silk to create unique pieces of decorative and wearable art. Silk is hand painted with dyes, not paints, as paint sits on the surface, stiffening the fabric, while dyes become part of the fabric, leaving it soft and silky with a sheen that sparkles in the light.
Warren has been an artist all his life, working with wood, paint, candles, photography and music. In 2000, he began dying silk while teaching art to youth in Skykomish.
Having a red/green color deficiency, he often consults his wife on colors. He mixes dye colors with formulas he's developed, using over 30 colors in some items. Blending art and science, each piece is individually hand dyed so you are wearing a unique work of art.
Warren has experimented with resists, dyes, and techniques to create original designs on silk. Silk is stretched on a frame and resists and dyes are applied with sponges, brushes and fine line applicators or splattered on with a toothbrush. Wet dyes are sometimes sprinkled with salt, creating a pattern as the dyes dry. It's sometimes uncertain how the design will turn out until the silk is steamed and rinsed. This sets the dye and brings out the vibrant colors and wonderful softness of the silk.
Click on a category to see our hand dyed silk scarves, ties, wraps, tank tops, cami's, chemises, hair scrunchies and eye pillows.
To see, feel, and try on our full range of silk products, come visit our booth at one of the many craft fairs we attend throughout the Puget Sound area May through December.