Sencha & Bourbon is the story of a textile project born in San Francisco in 2012. The idea was simple: dyeing fabrics with spices, teas, coffees and pigments.
The story is written through the shape of scarves, immense stoles that carry a sense of vibrant warm colours and most of all : a warm touch.
The project moved to Paris in a few suitcases during 2013. A series of notebooks was then created - made from upcycled paper with covers made from recycled leather.
Each piece is unique. As is each dye, each design, and ultimately each packaging detail. Scarves are customized with their owner’s initials; as are notebooks and leathers, whether embossed or engraved.
Fabrics, mainly jerseys, came to me through travels; hand-woven silks from Istanbul, raw organic cottons from San Francisco, and soon to come: cashmeres from Portugal.
Spices as well are found through travels, whether mine or yours.
All these contribute to a story I am proud to tell; the story of pieces made by hand with a human and ethical dimension, made possible thanks to you.
A very personal recipe, would look just like this :
. A piece of the softest material, between 5 and 8 ft long, depending on your appetite
. 5 to 8 liters water at 80 degrees Celcius
. 1 pound of salt dissolved in water
. Throw in a branch of sage (natural softener) to the mix
. Add these ingredients one by one whilst stirring the material, in order to apply different shades
. 2 tbps of Turmeric from Istanbul
. 1 dose of Russian Henna
. 5 dried hibiscus flowers from Guadeloupe (thank you Mother)
. 5 tbps of Indian Kent coffee, to progressively darken the colour during the shading
. 2 oz of Bourbon in a glass (just to remember the lyrics of Yoncé)
. Repeat the last 4 steps gradually during the shading. Let it simmer for 20 minutes between each step, and top up with hot water as it gets colder while the whisky warms you up…
These days you can find Sencha & Bourbon until the 18th October at the Gaîté Lyrique (museum of digital arts) in Paris