A Piece of the Past
Weavers are generally a very adventurous lot, well, they love trying out different things - specifically different yarns and textures and there is always the opportunity to put one's own fingerprint on one's work.
My mother-in-law was recently given a mohair skirt, made from Coral Stephens's handspun and dyed mohair, but woven by a weaver called Essie Greenwood who had a shop in Johannesburg in the 1960s. It was called Green Clogs. She wove the yarn into fabric for a skirt - using the colour carefully and the repeated thick texture too. There was some left over fabric which I made into a cushion cover.
The skirt must have scratched on the skin and only been wearable with a petticoat - something quite thick. Mohair is not soft enough in its pure, handspun form to be worn on the skin, especially if densly woven, like the skirt.
However, it is a beautiful piece, and now hangs in my showroom. The photo shows Zanele, who is petite enough to wear the skirt, pairing the skirt with her pink trainers.