Welcome to Rainbow Artist Weaver!
I am YOKO, a hand weaver in Melbourne, Australia.
What fibres do I use?
Rainbow Art works made by YOKO are handwoven with natural fibres.
Handwoven textile is to accept a slower pace. The Japanese table loom YOKO uses is powered by hand and not electricity.
I use traditional craft skills to make one off textiles that respect the balance of nature.
I source high quality natural materials. The scarves and hairbands are woven to feel comfortable against the skin.
I have combined the very best fibres to ensure each piece is soft, warm and smooth.
How do I get inspiration for weaving?
I don’t just make textiles.
Each hand woven piece starts with images, sounds, textures and story rooted in the natural world.
Inspiration springs from the flowers, birds, animals, oceans, rivers, lake, water, rain, sunlight, rainbow, forests, trees, leaves, sky, etc. Those images help me to receive inspiration.
Fibres for Winter Scarves
- Materials: Linen, silk, cotton, mohair, alpaca, merino wool, and wool.
- Weight: Much thicker and very warm.
- It’s very warm and makes you happy to go out in Melbourne winter.
Fibres for Spring/Autumn Scarves
- Materials: Linen, silk, cotton yarns. (A little bit of mohair and wool for accent colours).
- Weight: Quite light and thinner.
- You can comfortably wear in spring and autumn. You can also wear it in the cool air-conditioned room in summer.
How are they woven?
Rainbow Art works were handwoven through a freestyle technique on a Japanese table loom.
I was originally influenced by SAORI technique, which is a method of weaving which focuses on free expression and self innovation. In SAORI, weaving becomes a form of art.
I continued to pursue my style, and Rainbow Art works emerged. Each Rainbow Art piece is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Because Rainbow Art piece is freeform and different in colours and pattern from one end to the other, it can look very different each way you wear it.
Video – Handwoven Rainbow Art scarf is just off the loom
I take care during each step: from selecting high quality yarns to twisting scarf fringes.
Video – Twisting scarf fringes
How to wear and care?
Careful calculations are made to ensure your purchase will last for many years but it is important to care for your textile correctly to ensure the rainbow magic & beautiful texture endures.
The scarf is loosely woven so that it has a light feel when worn, even though it is made with natural materials.
Spring/Auturmn piece can easily be worn in almost any season. Use as a light cover in Spring, an evening shawl in Summer, a layering piece in Autumn, and bunch up to wear as a scarf in Winter!
Due to it’s loosely handwoven structure, small blemishes are a natural part of the creative process and are often intentional!
Please treat loose fibers with care and enjoy them as a part of the creative wearable piece of art!
Read on to find out how to care and wash your hand woven textile.
How to wash?
To preserve the beauty and magic of your Rainbow Art textile it is best to hand wash and line dry.
There isn’t a magic science or complex set of instructions when washing hand woven textiles. It is as simple as being gentle and taking time when washing them.
I have added a washing instruction and I hope this gives you confidence to look after your textile well so that it lasts for many years.
It is possible to machine wash some hand woven textiles but I suggest hand washing. This gentle way of washing will ensure that colours stay bright and fibres are kept at their best.
What kind of detergent to use?
You do not need to pre-wash your item, each piece has been finished ready to use.
YOKO’s Rainbow Art textiles are washed in 100% Soapberry Liquid. This is free from synthetic detergents, phosphates, optical brighteners, enzymes, fragrances and preservatives.
I choose luxurious, natural fibres to create high quality textiles that also respect the planet.
When the textile has been woven and removed from the loom it is hand finished so that it is ready to use as soon the client receives it.
I consider the impact of fibres on the environment. When choosing quality yarns I look for the sustainable choice.
Instructions: how to wash your hand woven textile
Hand wash gently in cold water and lay flat or hang up to dry. Use the following instructions to clean your Rainbow Art textile:
(1) Ensure the water is tepid
You should be able to put your hand in the water easily; warm to touch not hot.
(2) YOKO uses That Red House Organic Soapberries
Soapberries are most commonly used as laundry detergent. Below link shows how to make soapberry liquid from soapberries:
If you don’t have an access to soapberries, please choose a gentle detergent – a detergent made for wool and delicates would be the best alternative.
Use the laundry liquid at half the usual detergent allowance.
(3) When washing a hand woven textile, it is important to treat the fabric gently
This is particularly important with any textile that has wool: friction, heat and water can turn the fabric to felt.
Although don’t be afraid of your textile.
You can rub the fabric to get dirt out, but just take a little more time and care with each step.
(4) Rinse the textile several times
Please make sure all the washing detergent has been removed. The water should be clear.
(5) Do not wring the fabric to get the water out
You can gently squeeze the water out of your textile.
Think ‘half turn’ then gently squeeze to remove water. I do this in sections, squeezing the water out, repeating until the textile no longer drips.
(6) It is best to line dry
If you are worried about pegs making a mark, use small scrap pieces of fabric over your textile when placing the peg.
A little care and attention will keep the magic in your hand woven textile, allowing it to be loved and enjoyed for many years to come!
Please message me with any questions!
Happy wearing Rainbow!