My hand-paintings are created on the finest silk from the famed silk weavers of India. I use the French Gutta Serti technique of silk painting that originated in the court of Russian Czars and was perfected by the French artists. Serti in French means enclosures. The technique requires creating enclosures by sketching on silk the outlines of the design with Gutta resist, an extract from the Malaysian rubber plant, which prevents the colors from spreading and intermixing. The colors are fixed by steaming the painting for hours in steel containers through a special process. It is then dry cleaned to wash off the Gutta resist. The result is silk painting of vibrant colors with original luster of silk intact because the colors become an integral part of the silk and appear on both sides.
My hand-paintings are inspired by my deep love of nature and are an attempt to portray the beauty that exists in the world we live in.
Care Instructions: The colors of the dress are fixed and will not run out. I recommend hand washing the dress in cold water and ironing on the lowest temperature setting or dry cleaning the dress.