It was on a trip to Greece when Establish boutique co-owner Sara Stockalper found her gauze.
The effect? A burning desire to translate the lightweight fabric into her everyday.
Soon, she stumbled upon scrim, a breathable, mesh fabric favored by the military. But since it came only in camo-happy colors, she knew it was the sort of thing she’d have to dye for.
Determined to conjure vacation in scarf form, Stockalper created a three-day-long process (think Bill Nye meets the Style Network). She cuts and soaks the featherweight fabric (sourced locally) then mixes primary hues to create lagoon blues, mustard yellows, and rusty reds. A folding technique produces diamond, square, and striped patterns. She finishes the hem with a zigzag stitch.
Stockalper’s also been playing around with bleaching indigo fabric (producing an outer space result).
At six feet by four feet, the scarves are big enough to fashion as curtains.
Or to spread out on a rock by the Aegean Sea.
Available at Establish, 3811 Noriega Street, at 45th Avenue (415-564-5054 or establishsf.com), $40-$50.
Photo: Courtesy of Sara Stockalper