The reversible two-tone effect of our Saraswati scarves is characteristic of a particular weave known as Reversible Spanish satin weave.
This weaving technique has been known in the sacred Indian city of Varanasi since at least the 19th century. The weft and warp (the horizontal and vertical threads in a scarf) are different colours. But it is the satin weave technique makes the reverse colour strikingly different – and Saraswati silks so luminous.
Unlike the simplest plain weave, in which each warp and weft interlace, satin weave interlinks in sequences – for example, four warp threads float over four wefts and under one. This creates a long ‘float’, or warp thread, which catches more light, thus amplifying silk’s natural reflective capacity. That is why silk is often woven in satin weave.
Reversible Spanish Satin weave may have a long history but it was Mr Khan who reinvented it for the 21st century.
‘My inspiration was to reproduce this old product in new ways so that the new generation of modern women are able to use and admire this old handmade textile,’ says Mr Khan.
Silk Chassis has yet to discover a finer two-tone silk scarf.